Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Study 16 Figure Drawing – Volume
Medium: Medium Sketch Pad Acid-Free Paper, B Pencil
The body is too wide, and the legs are too thin. I struggle with the upper legs and the drawing of the pelvis. I think the hips are too wide.
I am happy the arms, but it is just more and more practice.
Start with the ovals first, and that will be the ribcage.
It is important on this stage to see where the spine is at the body. That will help you understand how the figure is standing. You will see it is a C-shape.
Draw in the oval for the pelvis area.
Then you can start putting some features in the head just to shape it a bit.
It is now the time to insert the neck and now you will see dimension is coming in. The neck is a cylinder shape.
Start then creating ovals for the shoulders.
Begin with the arms and give them ovals it can be simple ovals it is just to give you an idea where the arms are.
Start now with the legs and see the angle of the legs and the feet. You will see that one foot is lower than the other foot. Also, look at the negative space between the lower legs that is also important.
You will see the feet are block shapes the one is at the back and the other one to the front, both of them show inwards.
So I start with the V-shape of the ribcage and then put the belly in. I also use an oval for the belly which fit into V-shape.
There is a flaky side on the body of the women and it sits just a little bit up the hip. Remember a woman’s hips are wider than a man’s.
On the right-hand side is their strength and on the other side of the body a pinch. Take note of this detail.
I draw cylinders for the upper legs to see the direction of the leg. You will see in the sketch the one moves forward and the other one backward.
Remember the breast are fleshy landmarks and it moves when the arms and shoulders are moving.
You can put a shadow for a background and on the body. It is important to find a direction for the shadow and draw it in.
It is now time to simplify the sketch by erasing some of the lines.