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Expressionism: Part 8: Trying out these styles on personal work

August 21, 2018

 

As an exercise I was tasked with taking this photograph and drawing him in a variety of ways. The aim being that I could practise the different processes learned through studying expressionist painters, some of which were mentioned in the previous blog posts.

 

I had less than 5 minutes for each drawing.

 

Drawing 1: Life drawing style:

 

The first drawing was copying the image to closely resemble the photo. As if it was in a life-drawing class. The aim to capture the likeness.

 

This is the result:

 

 

Drawing 2: Upside Down:

 

The next stage was to do the same drawing - but  upside down. The idea being that you were not drawing what you thought you saw, i.e. an old man's face - but more about the shapes and negative spaces. 

 

This is the result:

 

 

Drawing 3: Curved Lines Only:

 

The next stage was drawing with ONLY curved lines. This meant that the drawing was far more softer and gave the man a gentler character.

 

This is the result:

 

 

Drawing 4:  Straight  Lines Only:

 

The next stage was drawing with ONLY straight lines. This meant that the drawing was far harsh than the curved lines and gave the man a meaner character.

 

This is the result:

 

 

Drawing 5:  Slow Tempo:

 

The next stage was drawing with a slow tempo, meaning each stroke was timed. This meant that the drawing was created with evenly spaced lines - and gave the man an ethereal quality.

 

This is the result:

 

 

Drawing 6:  Fast Tempo:

 

The next stage was drawing with a fast tempo, meaning each stroke was timed. This meant that the drawing was created with evenly spaced lines - but much shorter ones that the low tempo - and gave the man a frenetic quality.

 

This is the result:

 

 

This exercise was lots of fun, and obviously these first attempts wouldn't be your final image, but it's a great way of designing characters in different styles.

 

Now I will try it out on one of my original characters - this is in my next post.

 

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