Gesture drawing is the topic this week in Sketchbook Skool. Gesture drawings are meant to be quick figure studies of people in action and uses expressive mark making to capture the sense of movement. I had to use online images of dancers tonight since I wasn't out and about to capture people in action. I really seem to have a hang up regarding people/faces. I just can't seem to loosen up with them so even these drawings are too tight for gesture drawings. But I'm satisfied with this attempt. I'm thinking I should look into taking a figure drawing class at some point.
I'm not giving up on this face/people sketching thing. There's a teacher in Sketchbook Skool who has a great and simple style of drawing people. I'm hoping that following his example will help me develop my skills. Again, I'm not going for realism, just likeness. I don't know if you can tell the likeness of the person in this picture...I've got more practice to do but I like this one better than the last two people drawings/sketches I've done this past week. It's Marilyn Monroe, BTW.
The Sketchbook Skool homework for the rest of the week is to document your life. I wasn't sure what to do today as it's a pretty uneventful day. Then I looked to my left on the sofa and there sat this book (one of like 300 I'm currently reading) and I was inspired to draw it. This book is also written by one of the founders of Sketchbook Skool so it made even more sense to draw it. I had to edit how I drew the cover because I didn't pay close attention to the "landmarks" of my drawing and started making the details too large and couldn't fit everything in. I still like it, though :) I'm really impressed with my copying of the font!
My Sketchbook Skool klass (yes, I spelled these right!) started on Friday and I finally got to watch the videos last night. I just love Danny Gregory. Not only do I love his artwork but I could just listen to him for days. His voice is so soothing and calm! Today was the first day I had a chance to work on the first drawing assignment, which was to draw something meaningful. I considered drawing some of Kagero's toys but I'm just not ready for that yet and I didn't want to spend the time in tears. Instead, I created a still life with my decorative pumpkin and a couple of leaves I picked up at my friend Cindy's house yesterday because. 9The reference photo on the left isn't exactly the perspective I had while drawing but it's close.0 Autumn is my favorite season and, therefore, is very meaningful to me. As always, I'm not going for strict realism, just my impression of the objects. Danny does a lot of writing to accompany his drawings in his sketchbooks but I'm just not that interested in writing but that could be because my hand lettering leaves much to be desired at this point (I'm planning to work on this!), so I left the space to the right open. Maybe I'll go back and add writing later. I do love how this came together and I'm so excited to see what comes next in this klass!