P119 Project: The Clothed Figure – Exercise: Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure

Ask your model to wear some soft fabrics to describe the form of their body. It could be a … dressing gown. Seat your model in a chair so they are relaxed. … Draw the clothed figure as a whole, disregarding the details. …

I drew this sketch of Sandra in a dressing gown at a recent life group. I believe it fulfils the criteria. It was drawn with different dilutions of Indian ink.

She was feeling pissed off as her current boyfriend wouldn’t take her to see a film which he felt was outside his comfort zone. By the end of the evening she’d arranged to go with two members of the group and was much happier.


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?
It was a plain dressing gown with no ‘details’ to distract.

How did you create volume in the folds of fabric? 
With the 5-minute sketches in the last exercise, volume was created by shading with the charcoal. With this drawing I relied on several strengths of ink to achieve the light and shade.

Does the finished drawing give a sense of the figure beneath the fabric?
To some extent, though obviously not as much as tight-fitting clothes.

How would you  tackle a drawing like this again?
By using charcoal to shade the folds, in a similar way to the 5-minute sketches.


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I'm a printmaker based in the North West of England, living in Bolton and printing at Hot Bed Press in Salford. Please visit my website johnpindararts.weebly.com
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