Odd Bodies

Odd Bodies - student project


I usually draw animals so wanted to apply what I have learnt to my favourite animal, badgers.  My allotment was once raided by badgers, they basically ate all the sweetcorn which apparently they love.

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This was my first sketch, it's got a lot more personality because of the exaggeration, but I needed to resolve the curve of the back and that head/neck combination that Tom talked about.Odd Bodies - image 2 - student project

Here I tried drawing in a circle to help with the awkwardness of the back in version 1.  I liked this because it's neat, but it's lost the menace of drawing one and is a bit too polite!

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I like this version but wanted the head to be more exaggerated, like my original drawing.

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Here I switched in drawing one and took the proportions from the head and the sweetcorn, then used drawing two to develop the curves of the limbs and back. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out, I might try exaggerating the opposite next - making the sweetcorn huge and the head really small, for a comedy twist!

I have been working on using cutouts to help me with composition.

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Wow, how much did I love this!  I felt like Keith Haring for the first time ever!

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I loved being able to turn them around, looking at positive and negative space.

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Although they are different sizes, slightly, this made me notice relationships:

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I tried turning my page orientation aswell.

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I think this is my favourite.  The smaller figure ended up looking like a child.

People in shapes

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I think I can be more experimental with this idea, there could be more movement in his legs and he could fill the shape more.  I really enjoyed trying this idea out and will be using it in my practice.


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I found some of the fore shortening in this Rugby player tricky, but my second iteration was better.  Drawing from memory definitely freed up my drawing, but I will need to practice more to really get this technique down.  I know I will then have a larger drawing vocabulary in my memory, so it will be worth it.

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I'm quite happy with the first two figures, but the third looks quite odd and not in a good way!  I think the skirt threw me a bit as it's an odd shape. 

Thanks Tom, looking forward to the next class.