Princess Bride Drawing

After a normal day of work and my beginning exercises I started converting my composition to the real Princess Bride drawing.

I had to use a whole 19″ x 24″ of Bristol paper for this drawing so that the faces of Westley and Buttercup would be large enough. If I made the drawing any smaller the faces would be too tiny to incorporate any details at all. I plan on using a combination of graphite and charcoal for this drawing. Graphite for the more detailed lighter areas and charcoal for most, if not all, the background.

Princess Bride drawing

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The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Clothed Memory Gestures

I haven’t done the memory gestures exercise from The Natural Way to Draw book in weeks and today Nicolaides has added a bit of a twist. All of the figures are clothed.

I thought this would have made the drawings much easier but where the complexity of the figure was replaced with clothes the details of all the folds made up for it.

Daily Composition and Sketch

I brought much more attention to my daily sketch and composition today. Even though the coffee mug is a simple shape I focused on it and drew it the best I could.

Once I finish with this sketchbook I think I’m going to move these sketches to flat sheets of paper so that I can have them in front of me on my easel. Because the sketch book is on my lap at an angle I find that I can’t get a good idea of how bad my drawing is while I’m working.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I started the Princess Bride drawing!

What needs work? What did you learn?

Proceed with calm confidence not innervated anxiety.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

It’s a challenge for me to oscillate between work and breaks throughout my day, but I will keep trying.

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