Draw the figure:Head, Hands and Feet by Juliette Aristides
Drawing heads, hands and feet often intimidates beginner artists. In this excerpt from “Figure Drawing Atelier”, Juliette Aristides shares sketches that will help simplify the process and inspire you to practice.
Copying and creating seem contradictory concepts. However, over the centuries, artists were able to shape their own vision,olo absorbing the past, however innovative or personal whatsoever,.Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Creative Copies
Two Approaches to Drawing
The complete formation of figure drawing focuses on two approaches: conceptual (understand concepts) and observational (training the eye).
A conceptual approach is to understand structure, anatomy and proportion. We can draw a credible figure, in the ideal, without looking at a model, as long as we understand the mechanics.
The other approach is observation drawing: draw only what you see, not focus on what’s under the skin, but what makes this figure different from any other. This naturalistic approach trains the angles of the view to see, the shapes and the value to draw an individual, exactly as it is. Both the strength of the structure and the sensitivity of nuanced observation are inseparable when one is creating a good drawing.
In principle, a drawing is always addressed as a whole, never as a series of parts; we don’t use a formula to draw different themes. The way we draw a head is the same way we approach an apple or a teapot. However, it can be intimidating to draw certain parts of the body, because they are detailed, complex and familiar. It only takes a small mistake to make them look wrong. In this excerpt from “Figure Drawing Atelier”, we will mainly see three parts of the figure that often intimidate new artists (heads, hands and feet) and overcome some of our fears by simplifying and practicing.