The second in the series of three drawings was to be with the figure lying down. The instructions were to 'position yourself at a slight angle to the head so that you are looking down on the model. Note the foreshortening before you begin to draw."
This was a major challenge and I really struggled with it. I decided to use charcoal as there was more scope for corrections to be made than with ink. My first attempt was really not very good at all. I hadn't done any measuring and so didn't capture the foreshortening. He looks as though he is leaning back against an upright surface rather than lying down with his feet towards me. The second attempt was a bit better but on this attempt his arm looked at to be at a very unnatural angle.
|First Attempt: I have not adequately|
represented the foreshortening
|Second attempt: Foreshortening improving but poor|
observation on the arm and shoulder
On the third attempt I used conte' crayon and had the model lying face down with his head towards me. The foreshortening was getting a bit better but I hadn't thought about the composition before I started so his legs ended up bang in the centre of the page. I also really struggled with his hands and found it impossible to make the corrections with the conte' as it stained the paper so I couldn't remove it. I abandoned this attempt.
|Poor composition and appallingly bad drawing|
of hands - this attempt was abandoned
|You can clearly see my struggles with the|
|Final attempt. Better than the others but there are still problems. His left shoulder|
is wrong and I am still not sure about the foreshortening. Also Hands!!!!