Form and movement in a clothed figure

This is on an A3 size paper with a 5B pencil

Check and log
Did you find it easy to approach the figure as a whole or were you distracted by details of the sitter’s dress?
At the life drawing class, everyone is very relaxed and the models make you feel at ease. I found it very daunting to draw ‘normal’ people and kept putting off the exercises. I was worried what they would think of the drawing. After gathering some nerves i drew my neighbour sitting on a bench in the garden? I used the same technique as life drawing and tried to get proportions by measuring with a pencil and using a layering approach. Once I was happy with the overall size and shapes, I started to draw the clothes and all folds and creases. After putting in a few, I felt comfortable and carried on till I felt I had enough information.

How did you create volume in the folds of fabric?

I had to use tone to create volume in the folds of fabric.

Does the finished drawing give a sense of the figure beneath the fabric?
I think so. The creases on the trousers indicated the rounded mass of the thigh and angle of the folds around the knee seems to indicate the knee joint. The right shoulder appears to be under the creases of the fillet and loose fitting top.
How would you tackle a drawing like this again?
I would carry on using the same technique and with practice hope to be more confident and faster.


Three drawings

Three drawings, one of the model standing, one sitting and one lying down.



I used Derwent pastel pencils for the model standing and sitting. For the model I decided to use an XL graphite, dark Prussian.
It was very easy and quick to get tones with the pastels and graphite and allows you to correct, to a certain degree. They are not as messy as charcoal. The pencils allowed me a bit more detail. The XL stick was to thick for detailed work, but I used a brush and water to work on the tones later

Check and log
How accurately did you depict the overall proportions of the figure?
I used a pencil to compare lengths of limbs etc and make sure everything was in relation. For the standing figure, I feel the left arm going upwards seems too long and hips seem a bit wide compared to the shoulders. But the the shoulders weren’t straight.
For the model lying down, the right leg going up seems too long, compared to the upper body, but when I had measured with the pencil, the leg was same length compared to the measurement from the left shoulder to the hip.

Did you try to imagine the sitters skeleton and muscles?
Yes I did try to imaging the bones which would be straight, the collar bones when they are hunched up, etc.
The model sitting, I could see the bones of her rib cage
Did this help you to convey the figures structure and form?
Yes it does.