Sometimes sketching the human figure feels like wandering through a landscape, plotting the hills and valleys, figuring where to make a mark and what to leave out. lastmay_fig2

In this charcoal sketch on newsprint, I started at what fascinated me most: the deep shade of where the arm disappeared behind the hip and the body folded as it turned from a more vertical torso into a reclining pose. Soft vine charcoal and finger smudging are meant for each other.

Then I meandered about placing the rest of the figure, relative to my first marks. You can see my charcoal trails as I traverse the page… I’m a big fan of leaving in those first marks: They’re like wrinkles and folds, they tell a story.

And that upturned toe fascinated me, it’s tension echoing and balancing the weight on the arm on the far side of the figure.

Charcoal is such a warm, smudgy, messy, forgiving and moody medium. And working on newsprint means I never feel my drawing is precious.

Happy Figure Friday!

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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4 Responses to Wandering

  1. Beautiful wandering Suhita, and lovely to see the details. Charcoal is magic in your hands.


  2. Carmela Rizzuto says:

    Hi Suhita–just to let you know that I continue to enjoy your drawings/sketches/comments and to learn from them. Your marks are so descriptive–and yes, your initial meandering lines enrich the final drawing. I, too, enjoy figure drawing and attend sessions weekly.


  3. Beautiful – so much said with so few but perfectly placed lines.


  4. Stu-ttg-art says:

    That reminds me, I need to get myself some more newsprint …

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