PART 1: EXPLORING COMPOSITION – project 4 – The human form

The object of this exercise is to create a drawing which leads the eye of the viewer into the overlapping twists and turns of the limbs of the human form.

I have made two drawings for this exercise – the first one is the combination of two combined body parts. Two hands clasped together! The tension of the hands together can be seen in the veins showing under the skin of the arms and in the tightness of the skin over the knuckles, The hand underneath is in a more relaxed state with the structure of the fingers slightly relaxed. I feel that I have retained the sense of tension in the image. As far as adding another dimension to the image, I always feel that hands can have a special emotional dynamic. Clasped hands indicate a story – are they the hands of the same person or two different people? What is the emotion which has brought these two hands together? I think the sensitivity of the drawing leaves the viewer space to consider these kinds of ideas, thereby bringing the viewer into the image.


For the second drawing I took a more complicated view of the human figure, showing different planes. The lighting emphasises the structure of the forms and the tension of  the muscles also giving a dramatic effect to the drawing. There is not the curving element of the limbs guiding the eyes in and around the figure but the composition is about different planes which guide the eye. The limbs certainly are not floppy but illustrate the strong tension of a crouching figure.



About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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