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.

 

4 Responses to “The Hard Stuff.”

  1. Helen Cherry May 6, 2012 at 23:32 #

    Thank you for posting the bits that didn’t work, as well as the bottom one which obviously does.. rather brave of you I think 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah May 7, 2012 at 09:49 #

      Thanks Helen. I think it’s useful to show the process, which almost inevitable involves loads of stuff only fit for the bin. Mine does anyway 🙂

  2. davidreidart May 6, 2012 at 22:07 #

    I never knew that, about setting the drapery! Ta. Sounds like a tough class.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 6, 2012 at 22:37 #

      It was, but I learned loads. The teacher had made her own plaster drapery, it was a lovely object in it’s own right.

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