A Traditional Approach to Drawing

Today I switched gears, picked a new image, and tried a more traditional approach to drawing Xena.

The last drawing involved all kinds of measurement, but it had the advantage of accuracy and was much less chaotic than the one before.

I felt like I needed to define a specific process for drawing the head, something I can follow any time I want to draw any portrait. Maybe I could try several different drawing methods that I know and augment them so that they fit my own idiosyncratic way of thinking.

Today’s drawing is based on a very old and traditional approach to drawing the head. One that involves lost of measuring and dividing the head into manageable block. I actually used this video as a really great refresher to the approach.

What I love about this approach is that, if done right, you get a very structural look to the head. I feel that most of my drawing lack that.

My attempt was good but not as good as I had hoped.

A traditional approach to drawing Xena

After seeing this drawing in digital form I want to make all kinds of excuses for it. But, I won’t do that. I know I can draw well in my own methods. This is me getting out of my norm and I should expect some challenges.

Other Drawings In This Series

Gesture and Modeled Drawings

There is no traditional drawing approach here. I’m trying really hard to see beyond the surface and get to the heart of what a figure in motion feels like.

What went well?

Lots of deep focus on drawing today.

What didn’t go so well?

Lots of distractions today at the beginning of the session.

What did I learn and/or how can I do better?

I’m not enjoying all the measuring but I feel I need a refresher on it.

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