I thought I would post these recent figure drawings and talk about them a little while they're still fresh off the easel. What I look for in a drawing is the whole composition of the page, not just a floating figure with decent modeling in the lights. The composition has always been more important to me than nit-picky-perfect drawing. Looking for "the whole picture," in all the work I do helps me translate a more cohesive aesthetic that defines me. No one is ever going to see the model but that does'nt give you an excuse to draw bad or like Matisse because its artsy-fartsy, just draw the best you can in the time you are given.
These figures are composed with mainly three values- (1) white of the paper- (2) a mid-tone "light charcoal stroke"- (3) then a violent, heavy smash of black charcoal. I always try to simplify just enough in the values so that I can get where I'm going- faster. It leaves time for creating the picture as a whole- giving the final product more impact.
I hope you enjoy the drawings- stay tuned for more KC POD updates!