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speed drawing "figure study", photo by Marcus Ranum ([link]) an amazing photographer, with kind permission.
graphite on smooth bristol board, 50cm x 65cm,
tools: mechanical pencil, dry brush, mechanical and kneaded eraser, grid, shammy

have fun watching the speed drawing video on youtube: --->[link]<---
100 hours drawing in about 3 minutes

and visit our Speed-Drawing group if you like drawing time lapse videos =)

Thank you very much for your comments, likes, subscriptions and all the favourites!:hug:
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IamDogged Apr 13, 2014  New member
What is your secret to making the hands and the line of the neck so grace in this position? When I try similar poses, the neck is always too long or short, and my fingers look stiff/awkward. I especially adore how you've done the curve of the spine into the hip--it's so graceful! Sorry to sound like such a fan girl but I truly admire you talented figure artists. To date, I have only 4 figures I've drawn and they all have marked/glaring flaws of technique...
8DFineArt 6 days ago   General Artist
Thank you! My secret is to make very precise measurements and in this drawing i use a very thin grid with 1 cm squares. I start with thin lines which can be erased then i check the drawing very often with the reference to spot differences. When the lines seem ok i start with the volumes and shadings.
IamDogged 6 days ago  New member
You're very welcome! That's a brilliant and logical way to assure artistic quality and integrity. I'd heard mention of that in some classes a long while back, but never got around to trying it. Either way, your result is a masterful mix of both fluid and precise technique. Consider me a 'fangirl' :p
8DFineArt 5 days ago   General Artist
Thank you soooo much! That made my day!
If you have any questions about my technique, feel free to ask. =)
Have a nice day!:sun:
IamDogged Apr 11, 2014  New member
Amazingly dramatic shading skills! The texture changes from curve highlighting to hair to muscled leg is magnificent! Must add to my Faves!
8DFineArt Apr 12, 2014   General Artist
Thank you very much! =)
1stSurugi Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
badlilmunkee Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This drawing of a figure study is truly beautiful.

I just watched you speed drawing link and was simply amazed at how precise all of your pencil strokes were.

But what really impressed me was how you wold jump from the middle of the model's arm/leg and then begin drawing her hand/foot- only to link the two after the hand/foot was fully drawn. Am I right to guess that you only started drawing her hand/foot after measuring? I'm guessing that would only make sense, to keep everything in proportion.

Needless to say, I really found this speed drawing video most thought provoking. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. :)
8DFineArt Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
Thank you very much! Yes you are right, I've made a very fine grid which is almost invisible in the video to keep all proportions as exact as possible. The "jump" from the middle of the arm to the hand for example is rather because of the new camera position and because i draw mostly from left to right and from top to bottom so i don't have to lay my drawing hand over the graphite and don't smear finished parts of the drawing. Most challenging was to not even touch the white paper at all because the paper would pic up tiny amounts of oil and water from my hands which would make smooth shadings much more difficult. The steam of my hand would also make the paper expand and make bumps.
I hope this answered you question about the "jump" and thank you very much for your attention to my work. =)
badlilmunkee Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
~ i draw mostly from left to right and from top to bottom so i don't have to lay my drawing hand over the graphite and don't smear finished parts of the drawing.~

Ooh, wow, good point! I honestly never gave much thought to where I begin and end a drawing until now. So being that I am left handed, I guess it would really make a whole lot more sense for me to work from right to left, as well as from bottom to to top.

Thanks so much for answering my question. :D
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