Figure Drawing: Self-Portrait

Reference Image

Final Drawing

Artist Statement

I chose this image for my self-portrait as it expresses my daily inner and outer expression throughout the day. I am content, joyful to be walking around, doing things with friends. Yet all the while I am extremely tense inside, hoping that I’m not doing something like failing a class or making a social situation awkward, always that looming sense of messing things up. Continue reading “Figure Drawing: Self-Portrait”


The Chair- Gesture Drawing


The original concept for this image was going to be just the backseat of the chair, emphasizing it being alone since it stands up by itself. But that would have made the piece too small as compared to the massive amount of negative space that is there, even though a lot of negative space was the intention, so the rest of the chair was added. The dark shadows in the front creases contrastingly pop out as the rest of the chair fades slowly into the back, giving the sense of atmospheric perspective. A light tint was added at the top and at the end of the seat for those were the parts with the most direct light, giving the lines higher value.

This project showed me that breaks are very good. I would not have gotten this project done without having a mental breakdown if I didn’t stop, do something else for a little bit, and then go back and rethink the piece. This has also shown me that cloth is very, very hard to draw.

Flag Gesture Drawing #3: Sharp Fold


Not the easiest object to draw, but also not the hardest. It doesn’t have incredible detail and is not very complex, put it is not simple. It has It’s own personality to it, not being a flat and plain while also not being complex and hard to understand. Much like a tent, one line with something draped over it.

The black lines contrast the white lines, causing the white lines to almost disappear into the background. The value of the paper at the fold is brighter from the light being closer to that line. The shadows near the paper have sharper lines, and slowly blur out as the paper gets further away from the ground.

The fold is good, wish the fade on the highlight at the top of the fold was smoother, but besides that it gives the impression of a fold. The repeating lines are inconsistent in size, each changing in weight as they go up, and the lines on the other side being bigger or smaller than the ones in front.

Never finish a drawing until you see that everything is in the right place. This is why the lines are inconsistent, there was no multiple checks of how big they were.

Flag Gesture Drawing #2: Knee, Hip, & Shoulder Height


Much like the first, these images are all around decent, while having their own problems as well. The proportions on the top two measure up well, however the bottom one seems too long on it’s left side. The side corners on the bottom one could also use some work. The dip from the stand that the hip high image sat on is made visible, as is the folded corner on the shoulder high piece.

The shading on the corners is done well, but could have been used to define the corners better. Though I attempted at atmospheric perspective by using a white pencil, but the highlights got lost. The alternating black and white lines are inconsistent in size.

This exercise showed that you should continuously check the object you are drawing for proportions, relations, and scale before you start drawing, and even while you are drawing.

Flag Gesture Drawing #1: Floor Height


With the right hand motions and a careful eye, one can recreate objects that are right in front of them through gesture drawing. In the case of this black and white flag, it obtains some of the feeling of the real life counterpart. It has clockwork circles to check and adjust the corners. It has scale, as well as a grid box to keep the size consistent.

The corner at the top of the image could have been brought down more as so it doesn’t look so much as a top down perspective of the flag, or possibly the corner to the right could have been dropped as well. The shading under the front-most corner is decent, it looks better from afar, but as the viewer gets closer they begin to see how the shadow hasn’t blended well. The boundary lines on the white stripes could have been lighter due to the actual white stripes seeming to blend into the ground and become invisible. The black stripes are colored in well enough, but they lack the atmospheric gradient from lighter on the top to darker on the bottom. The image is nice, however it could use a bit of work.

Through this exercise I have come to the understanding that though graphite is messy, it can be consistent, and can blend well throughout the image. It is well-rounded in use, being able to create lighter lines, as well as creating pure shades of black. This has also taught me more than other experiences that gesture drawing takes time and patience. You will not get it right on your first go, you have to assess and adjust multiple times throughout the drawing process until it gives way to the form you will it to be.