07/11/11 This workshop was one of my favorite classes so far. The day started out with Vincent asking us to step out of our usual drawing approach by trying a new technique : not looking at the paper while we were drawing! Yes. We were given about 30 seconds or something to draw someone without a single peek at our sketchbooks and without lifting our pencils off the paper. This was the first time i had tried something like that. At first, i thought i would have nothing but scribbles on my paper, but was pleasantly surprised by what i got. Agreed, the scribbles looked nothing like the people that i was drawing but i could see many different character possibilities in each of the scribbles.
I am definitely going to try this approach out often. I think it will be a really good tool to get through a creative block also.
It was really interesting to note that to make a character seem more obese, drawing the hands and feet really small will help a lot. Its almost like when you draw them really tiny, it enhances the thickness of the arms and legs through the contrast in size.
Also, I learnt was that its important not to close off the arms, legs or any part of the body in a drawing (the way i have done with the ballet dancer's right thigh), because it will only seem like the rest of it is detached, and not a part of the body.
I liked the second drawing better than the first one, so thats what i made the clay model out of. I was quite happy with the way it turned out ↓
Will finish it soon and paint it with acrylics!