Drawing from Real Life

Here is a drawing done from real life. Its an approximately three day study (18 - 24 hours of work on it) with the small study on top to indicate the effect of light and shadow. I didn't do any background as the model stopped posing and it would take a lot more time. Perhaps I will try to do it at a later date. This is not a finished drawing by far, there is still a lot more work to do but I thought it would serve as an example of an atelier technique. No smudging technique was used, it's all straight up pencil hatching. Keep smiling!

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    • Beautiful! I like how you've 'designed' it so that the left forearm is seeming to meld with the background, and also the corrugations on the upper chest due to the sternocostal joints.

    • Thank you Prosenjit! What I'm happy about in this study, is the effect of light and the foreshortening.
    • Another "Impact Sketch" where I have attempted to emphasise the effect of light and shadow. Also paid attention to perspective and foreshortening.

  • Beautiful tonal control as usual, Jay. I know this is far from finished, and you'll impart more 'turn' to the edges of the torso as the drawing progresses.

    On a complete aside... as regards atelier technique, I wonder how much of it is drawing from what you see as against (or in combination with) what you know. I think, a degree of the latter is helpful, in order to better interpret what I see (referring to anatomy). I have never been to a modern atelier, only read about it, hence I'm not aware how much of an emphasis they put on the knowledge of anatomy imparting more solidity and 'logic' into the figure drawing?

    Thank you for sharing :)

    • And thanks for your appreciation of my work!
    • Hey Prosenjit, good question indeed. At the atelier I am in now, emphasis is placed equally on what you see and your knowledge on anatomy. Hours upon hours are given to lectures on different parts of the human body in complete detail. As a matter of fact, Dan Thompson, one of our instructors is so well versed in anatomy (with all Latin nomenclature) that I think he would give any doctor a run for his money! Plus visually matching up angles and lines connecting the various bony parts that are fixed as well as ones that shift and change during long poses. Does this answer your query?
    • Thanks Jay, that is indeed reassuring @  thorough anatomy instructions. I've come across works by western atelier students with splendid tonal control and great skill in rendering the minutiae, but in my humble opinion, some of these works had tended to lose sight of the forest for the trees - the total human mass (if I may use such an expression) was nearly left looking like an inert assemblage of submasses, rather than the living, breathing, pulsating human being it was supposed to be. I think some of the Russian schools of figurative art really excel in that area (of deep anatomic knowledge complementing an overall unified presence of dynamism, tone and details).

      As regards giving run to a doctor for his money, I wouldn't be surprised at all! :) I've had some background in human clinical anatomy, and I think that artistic anatomy is an altogether different sphere of knowledge. It deals mainly with the surface (as regards how deeper structures, macro/micro) influence its color, form, texture, movement... there are many areas that artists focus on, which are of little need to the clinical anatomist, which they are therefore oblivious to. I'm glad you're enjoying your disciplehood, may you continue to thrill us with your work :)

    • Thank you Prosenjit, you have a keen eye and are very articulate & eloquent in expressing your viewpoints. I agree with you on your observation regarding the Russian ateliers - at least some of them. The Ilya Repin Art Academy in St. Petersburg being one. And as far as seeing just "an inert assemblage of sub-masses," it's true. I've also seen in the past few months, works that are so inspiring as to move me deeply. It is a matter that is subjective and will always be so. I do know that you are a medically trained professional - so all the more impressive is your passion for fine art. Stay young, keep drawing & painting!
  • Amazing work Jay! Great to see this :)

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