Juno – Daily Drawing

Art, charcoal, Drawing, Figurative art | February 18, 2007 | By

“Juno” 9 x 12 drawing on toned paper – charcoal and white chalk

Here’s another in my figure drawing expedition from Friday at the Getty. This is also based on a work by Joseph Nollekens was drawn from the same low sitting angle as yesterday’s Venus. Because this statue was much closer to me, I opted to just concentrate on a portion of her torso. This was about a half hour drawing. Taking longer might have helped avoid many of the mistakes, but I wanted to experience a number of different works, so that’s the compromise I made.

If you like to practice draw people, I strongly recommend visiting museums and drawing from the statues. Unlike live models they don’t need breaks and they are happy to hold the pose as long as you require. The lighting is usually wonderful, the better to understand the volume of the form. I would imagine that this experience is not unlike the drawing from plaster casts which classic atelier students did, and still do.

When I visited the Getty villa for a drawing class several weeks ago, our instructor advised us that when drawing folds to not try to draw every one, but to simplify the form, so I’ve tried to apply some of what he shared with us.

The Getty is a great treasure for learning and pure enjoyment. My gratitude is renewed every time I visit.

I have two more drawings to post, based on sculptures by Maillol … coming soon.

  1. TeriC
    February 18, 2007

    I am really loving these sculpture drawings of yours. What is it about white on the tan paper? It just seems so elegant.

  2. hfm
    February 18, 2007

    Love the idea, love the way you’ve done it!

  3. ian
    February 18, 2007

    I’m enjoying these sculpture sketches a lot! I love the soft but confident lines. And that you’ve done it on that kind of paper. =) they’re really beautiful.

  4. Casey
    February 19, 2007

    These are lovely Karen. Drawing statues is an excellent idea.

  5. laserone
    February 19, 2007

    That’s a good idea, to go to a museum and draw statues. I don’t draw people much because I’m self-concious and hate when the move (like in a cafe). That’s a great idea. :)

  6. wendy
    February 20, 2007

    Isn’t it nice to draw with white and black/brown on a coloured paper. It looks better than just white paper and this is a lovely drawing. Your tutor is right – you don’t have to carefully draw every fold, but some in details, others just suggestions so that you keep the freshness of the drawing. I haven’t done figures lately – I thought it would be a bit rude to draw our relatives and their in-laws all dolled up for a wedding, so I jsut did sketches of trees – my mistake. The animation of people at a wedding is a rich subject to depict.
    w.