The Last Crusade and Alleyways

The next Fandom Fitness drawing took much time in research for images. I’m drawing Indiana Jones from The Last Crusade movie next.

But, I didn’t get time to actually start drawing on the image today. Here is the image that I’m going to be working from.

This drawing is going to be much different from any other Fandom Fitness drawing I’ve done so far.

First, it’s featuring more than just a portrait and it has part of an extra character. There is a whole narrative in this image and if you’ve ever watched the movie you know this moment in the story is powerful.

Memory Gestures

Wow, these are difficult!

My drawings are so bad I feel a need to describe the exercise from The Natural Way to Draw.

Three poses are shown one after the other for 30 seconds each. There is no drawing during these poses. After the three poses you have just 1 minute to draw ALL three poses. Basically that is 20 seconds to draw each pose from your memory.

The only way to do this well it try and feel the pose or attach some motive to it. If the model is bending in some uncomfortable way then try and feel that discomfort. Or attache a narrative to it, such as sadness, elation, dancing, etc…

The exercise is not technical and trying to memorize the positions, although some of that is involved, it’s all about connecting your short term memory and body with the model through feeling.

I have many other posts where I’m practicing the memory gestures exercise here.

Daily Composition

Our neighborhood has alleyways. Not the type of alleyway you think about with huge buildings, darkness and garbage. These are just non-paved pathways between homes in some places.

We happened to walk down an alleyway yesterday and happen up on a couple neighbors talking. I remembered the moment and decided to try and capture it.

Daily Composition

What went well?

My day has been super calm and refreshing as I’m practicing an amazing new challenged called the How we eat challenge.

I would have liked to spend more time on art today but I traded that with a wonderful call with my Brother.

What didn’t go so well?

Too much time spent on researching images, it’s a necessary part of this process but still aggravating some times.

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

It’s more important to communicate a feeling, idea, motive or narrative in a work of art than just draw something well.

Session Details

  • Session: 2684
  • Work: 1707
  • Width: 5"
  • Height: 7"
  • Medium: Charcoal, Watercolor, Ink
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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  1. I’m curious about the “scribbles” on the bottom of the 3rd Memory Gesture. It looks like what MY attempt at a regular drawing might resemble…
    Looking forward to the Indiana Jones drawing.

    1. OH! I forgot to mention that. It’s an exercise from The Natural Way to Draw called “Cross Contours”. Basically you visualize your pencil running over the figure. For example, a couple of those lines represent all the bumps and ridges I encountered when visualizing my pencil running over the models forehead. They are not meant to look like anything in particular, the purpose of the exercise is all visualization and internal feeling.

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