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The Hard Stuff.

6 May

Drawing of drapery.

I did a couple of days training in Renaissance drawing techniques last week and day two was taken up with drawung drapery. It was really HARD. Give me a naked body anyday! Renaissance artists tend to draw drapery as if it’s sculpted – I found out why – it often was! They used to dip cloth into plaster and drape it the way they wanted and then let it set before using it for drawings and paintings.  I did the warm-up exercise and preliminary study above with pen, graphite and chalk. I wasn’t happy with it, way too far out of my comfort zone.

I’m happier with the one below; it took ages but I felt that I was starting to get somewhere with it, beginning to understand the tonal values. Normally I concentrate on line and studying and replicating complex tones in such a detailed way was very difficult for me. It made me realise that I need to do far more work on this.

Chalk and charcoal drawing.


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