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.

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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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