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Fooling around with Procreate

Miscellaneous doodles

Just a few miscellaneous doodles from the sketchbook.

Andrew Loomis’ Fun With a Pencil

Blooks

Blooks

More Blooks

More Blooks

I was doing a bit of clean up and came across a drawing pad that I hadn’t seen since 2008.  These are some Blooks (Loomis’ term) from Andrew Loomis‘ 1939 book Fun With A Pencil. The book was out of print for ages and it used to be that the only way you could get a copy of it was to find a bootleg pdf version online.  Loomis was an extremely successful illustrator and instructor in the first half of the twentieth century. His style ranged from the cartoony (like above) to the realistic.

Chris Fox

Figure Drawing: Balance studies

Figure Drawing: Balance Studies

Figure Drawing: Balance Studies

When I came up with the name of this blog I had intended the pain to be a metaphorical one. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered over the last few weeks that drawing on an easel set vertically has its drawbacks. Specifically, I’m experiencing pain in my drawing arm from drawing this way. So I’ve decided to take a little break from the Bargue plates.

In the interim I thought I would do some studies from a master of figure drawing – George Bridgman. The drawings above are a few examples of his balance studies that I’ve drawn from Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Chris Fox

Bargue Plate: Series I, Plate 7 (part 2)

I hadn’t posted in a few days so I thought I would post where I’m at on the current plate. I’m struggling a bit with the rendering of the shadows on the left side of the foot. I can’t decide if it’s my technique or if I am overworking the paper itself.

Bargue Plate 1.7.2

Bargue Plate 1.7.2

Here’s the original series 1 plate 7 found in the Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme Drawing Course.

Plate 1.7 (original)

Plate 1.7 (original)

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Chris Fox

Bargue Plate: Series I, Plate 7 (part 1)

Remembering how badly the last drawing progressed I made sure to spend the time necessary to get the block in right (which turns out to be about 2 hours). I’ve been looking forward to this plate. It is one of the more dynamic plates of the series.

Here’s hoping I don’t wring the life out of the drawing before I finish.

Bargue Plate 1.7.1

Bargue Plate 1.7.1

Here’s the original series 1 plate 7 found in the Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme Drawing Course.

Plate 1.7 (original)

Plate 1.7 (original)

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Chris Fox

Bargue Plate: Series I, Plate 6b (final)

I have to admit that I’m pretty disappointed with how this turned out. And it all goes back to the initial block in that I rushed through. After making correction after correction after correction I finally decided to call it “finished” just so I can move on and learn from the mistake.

Bargue Plate 1.6b

Bargue Plate 1.6b (final)

Here’s the original series 1 plate 6b found in the Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme Drawing Course.

Bargue Plate 1.6b (original)

Bargue Plate 1.6b (original)

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Chris Fox

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