Term I, Figure Drawing I, Week 2

7 min readOct 26, 2020


Week of October 19, 2020

See previous posts for explanations of my Figure Drawing I course and my Art Home School Curriculum.

Drawings and Critiques

Monday Oct. 19

Croquis Cafe #428.

Nothing special here. I don’t like any of these.

The legs in the 5 minute drawing seem small. I like the torso and pelvis though.

The Savage Sword of Conan #3.

#1 and #2 of the two minute drawings are the only two that seem to capture the movement. The rest are stiff or impossible.

This is okay, but not great for 5 minutes. Ideally, 5 minutes should be plenty of time to get decent proportions down.

A Proko landmarks exercise and some crazy babies from the Vilppu book.

I need to do better calling out the landmarks. This looks more like an anatomy study. The babies look evil, and were not fun to draw. I don’t like using a circle as the basis for construction.

Tuesday Oct. 20

Croquis Cafe #427.

I seemed to have been slow on this day. The one minute gestures barely capture anything.

These all feel stiff.

The Savage Sword of Conan #3.

#2 feels amazing, the rest feel awful. I’m striving to get something like #2 on every 1 minute gesture.

I really like #1 and #2. I think a really dynamic pose helps me get a better gesture. It’s much more difficult to get something that flows like #2 out of a pose like #3.

I have no idea what’s going on with the 5-minute drawing. Next are Proko “robo bean” exercises. The goal is to capture the twist, tilt, and lean of the rib cage and pelvis with 3-dimensional box forms. Each robo bean has two attempts (A and B). A is me drawing directly from a model in a photo, and B is me copying the instructor’s robo bean after watching him draw it. In #1, my rib cage was too thick.

The “B” drawing (copying the instructor’s robo bean) is better in every case.

Wednesday Oct. 21

Croquis Cafe #426.

Nothing exciting here. the 2-minute #1 is probably the best.

The proportions look really good in the 5 minute drawing. I would like to be able to get proportions down like that in every 5 minute drawing.

The perspective in 2-minute #2 looks good.

Proportions are good again in the five minute drawing. I was on today. The “B” robo beans are better than my initial attempts again.

Vilppu sphere construction. I am not a fun of constructing with spheres.

Thursday Oct. 22

Croquis Cafe #425.

#2 does a great job of capturing the pose.

Not great but not the worst.

The Savage Sword of Conan #4.

It’s strange how sometimes 1 minute is enough time to capture the motion, but sometimes it’s not enough time to do anything.

These look like a 7 year old drew them.

I still don’t have a grasp on the robo bean. Sometimes my version is very different from the instructor’s version.

Friday Oct. 23

Croquis Cafe #

I like how clear it is which drawings are 1 minute and which are 2 minute.

Again, this looks like a child’s art.

My torso often gets too long.

Saturday Oct. 24

Croquis Cafe #423.

The line quality is bad because I was at the end of the pad of paper and the texture of the back board is showing through.

I like the 5 minute drawing, even though the drapery makes it hard to keep track of the limbs and pelvis.

I love the shape of the legs in the 5 minute drawing, and the gesture in 2-minute #2.

It takes about an hour to do a page of these. My versions are starting to get a bit closer to the instructor’s versions.

Proko mannequinization exercise — get gesture and proportions of pose, then fill in mass with 3d volumes. The first version (A) of each pair is my attempt before watching the instructor do it, and the second one (B) is after watching. I actually like my 2A better than 2B.

Sunday Oct. 25

Croquis Cafe #422.

The Savage Sword of Conan #5.

On the 5 minute drawing, I tried to go straight to anatomy and detail instead of focusing on gesture and proportions. I like the movement of 2-minute #1.

I learn a little with every robo bean example I watch.

Proko mannequinization.

I like my 3A better than the 3B copy of the instructor’s version. 3B looks like he’s dipping his to in water, where 3A looks like his center of gravity is directly between his 2 feet.