Completely forgot I was going to this, but glad I made it in the end: there was a Saturday life-drawing session with London Drawing this weekend. I have been to a couple of their drop in sessions at the Vaults, which were great and in a gorgeous location, but I always suffer from blank-page-itis and then draw something in a panic when I realise the pose is about to end.
This was a helpful session as it gave me some techniques and set approaches to put pen to paper and deal with perspective and proportion without too much agonising.
Some of the exercises involved drawing a couple of quick poses to full paper scale and then in miniature to try and deal with ratios.
Another technique was the “continuous line” method which end up with fun illustration-style sketches where the pen isn’t allowed to lift off the paper so you have to concentrate on localised relationships between parts of the body and can’t be distracted by “outlines” or compositional worries. These sketches were a couple of minutes max so there was barely time to think.
This was taken a step further by repeating the exercise with only my left hand. I am far from ambidextrous so I was pretty sceptical but actually quite pleased with the effect:
Lastly, we approached the same thing with both hands simulaneously and neither was allowed to stop moving. I was pleased just to be able to vaguely convey the information of the pose at this point.
Finally some more conventional poses to work on foreshortening and perspective.