May 3, 2022 at 11:16 pm #2370783
03/05/2022 — 11/100
Trying to keep it simple today, I wasn’t really in the mood to draw but that’s part of it. This drawing is very straight forward, there is a very clear rhythm in the original that starts at the curved neck and goes all the way to the leg, a pretty sweet and long curve.
I noticed now that I drew a very long ribcage. I’ll try to do better tomorrow!May 4, 2022 at 10:49 pm #2371945
04/05/2022 — 12/100
This one is a pretty lovely drawing. Michelangelo was drawing from a sculpture and everything is very clear, the basic shapes, the spheres, the cross contours. There’s also another drawing he made of the back of the sculpture, I’ll probably study it at some point.
I could have taken more advantage of it if I knew anatomy to position the muscles correctly inside the ribcage, but it was a good study!May 4, 2022 at 10:55 pm #2371947
Thanks David! Hope I can inspire you in some way!May 5, 2022 at 11:31 pm #2373067
05/05/2022 — 13/100
Went for another gesture today. I just love these quick sketches in ink by Michelangelo, they are both genius and so simple. They are also more manageable for me as they capture the essential so clearly.
Of course there is much more knowledge behind the original drawing, but I think I was able to capture all the landmarks he wanted to convey in the drawing: the scapula, the muscles of the torso, the beautiful fit of the torso into the pelvis (could apply Steve very clearly here!) and the physics of the butt against the surface. I also liked the leg. I’ll definitely study more of these quick sketches.May 7, 2022 at 12:18 am #2374291
06/05/2022 — 14/100
Another quick sketch from the same sheet as the previous drawing. I’m not aware if this page ended up being developed into something more finished, but I think the previous pose is much more dynamic than this one, this one is more tense and contained. But of course, the pose is still dynamic like everything Michelangelo draws. I loved the S rhythm that starts at the head and face line and connects to the spine line through those 3 marks to go down to the legs. Brillant.
Again, I’ve been more comfortable studying these quick sketches because the amount of information is reduced to the essentials and I can track what Michelangelo did more easily. I’m paying close attention for example to how he represents the scapula and arms and how he overlaps them over the torso, it’ll be particularly useful for me! I’m looking forward to doing some quick sketch sessions when my challenge progresses some more, we’ll see how much I’ve learned. The leg got a little thin as I ended up ignoring the muscles altogether and didn’t go back to put them at the end, but the gesture reads. That’s what matters.May 7, 2022 at 10:12 am #2374671AlexaParticipant
Great work Jair! thanks for posting, please keep it up!May 8, 2022 at 12:41 am #2376750
07/05/2022 — 15/100
With this one, I finish my first sheet of drawings from this challenge! It is made up of the last three drawings (including this one) and the drawing of the torso leaning to the side of page 1.
I often struggle with this kind of profile view in Michelangelo’s drawings. I know there’s a very soft curve in the back, but I usually can’t get it as dynamic as the original. The buttocks should be a little further forward I think to be closer to the original. The leg should also be a little longer and pointed up to make it more dynamic.
I was worried that the head looked wrong now that I flipped it but it is correct. Could be a little more boxy maybe but that’s just a choice.May 9, 2022 at 12:28 am #2379638
08/05/2022 — 16/100
This time I went for Michelangelo’s famous baby! I limited myself to head and arm to learn more about structure this time.
The arm is designed as a cylinder that turns into a box in the elbow region. The forearm is represented as a sphere and the wrist and hand are boxes. I had a really, really hard time trying to transcribe the graceful forearm gesture, I don’t think I got it in the end. I think the lack of anatomy handicapped me in this region, especially in the elbow connection.
The head is relatively simpler. Pretty chubby, so two spheres – one for the skull and one for the face. I could have made the skull slightly bigger tho.May 10, 2022 at 10:20 am #2385369Marcolino EstuardoParticipantNo badges. No points.
Loving how clear you’re making these forms and their connections. Particularly like the the cross-contours you got on the upper arm of the child. ^^^May 10, 2022 at 2:42 pm #2386553
Thanks Alexa and Marcolino! We’ll see where I’ll be in a while thanks to this challenge!May 10, 2022 at 2:59 pm #2386615
10/05/2022 — 17/100
Technically I failed the challenge for not posting yesterday but I’ll continue as far as I can. My time has been pretty tight lately in preparation for moving to another city so I’m struggling a bit, but we’ll get there.
Today I chose to make a whole figure, very calmly and slowly. I’ve noticed that I’ve been copying a lot lately and having some focus difficulties and needed to slow down and get back to paying attention while drawing. I downloaded a Pomodoro app to help me with this. I didn’t notice it at first either but these are the two full figures from the previous drawing, it’s the same baby.
I think I got a pretty solid lay in at the beginning because I drew very slowly and calmly. I don’t find any big problems related to that when I flip the drawing. I had some problems with the head tho, I realized it was indeed a box after finishing the drawing. My biggest difficulty was trying to render the drawing (the original is a very polished drawing). Again, I know very little about anatomy and will be properly introduced to it later as I’m following the NMA curriculum to the letter currently. The torso was extra difficult for me as I couldn’t follow the layout of the rectus abdominis, so I ended up sort of dropping everything in shadow and leaving only the center line to demonstrate the thinking I was following.
But really, I think I did pretty well on the construction. I’m satisfied, for sure I learned more about gesture and structure.
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