Well... you guys are almost half way done with the semester... I hope you are picking up some useful information from all your lectures. Now is a good time to start thinking of the practical applications of everything that you are learning. Of course it goes unsaid that I would like to hear all your thoughts on how to utilize these new skills.
We are making good progress so far... just make sure you guys make these midterms count. Some days the work tends to get overwhelming... and the instructions seem to take you back to square one. Don't let these petty things get in your way to accomplish what you are all destined to achieve. Stay focused.
Enjoy what you're doing... and best of luck with your midterms. :)
"Figure drawing in depth is accomplished with ease and authority only when the student becomes aware of the characteristic body forms. He/She must train his/her eye to see three kinds of forms in the human figure: ovoid forms (egg, ball and barrel masses); column forms (cylinder and cone structures); and spatulate forms (box, slab and wedge blocks). These three kinds of forms should be distinguished from one another and studied separately according to their individual differences. Comparisons should be made with respect to relative shape, with, and length and special emphasis should be placed on variations in bulk, thickness, and volume. This is an approach which seeks to define the body as the harmonious arrangement and interrelationship of its separate and individual defined parts." (Dynamic Figure Drawing. Hogarth, Burne. Page 4)
Ok... I figured i'd post this up. This is only to stress the need for measurements and getting your proportions right. Most of you got this perspective principal working. Start applying everything that you are learning here to all your classes and assignments.
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Now is a good time to start pushing the bar... You guys need to start setting the standard for every junior as well as senior batches.
Here's the complete breakdown of my approach towards the final sketch. I would strongly suggest all of you to try it out in this same order. Even though it does look a bit tedious... It definitely gets you the results.
The Posture Line being the most important phase... This is where you would want to really get the pose right. the balance of the subject should start looking right from this stage. This will also provide you with the groundwork to block out the subject properly. To get to the final image will require plenty of erasing... but as you can see... its all well worth it.
Once you guys have this approach really sorted out... there is nothing in this world that you can not sketch out. Hopefully with enough practice, most of you will not require all these stages to sketch.