Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Return of Modelled Drawing

My Right Shoulder
Modelled Drawing - 22 September 2011
Lithograph Crayon on Paper
30.5cm x 51cm (12" x 20")

Section 8 of the Natural Way to Draw features the return of modelled drawing in lithograph crayon. I have been looking forward to its reprise because I struggled with the original exercise (see Modelled Drawing).

In the pictures on this post, there is no emphasis on drawing proportions or perspective correctly and there is no attempt to represent light and shade. The surfaces get darker as they move away from the observer, but not necessarily in a rigorous or scientific way. The instruction for the exercise is to imagine you are a sculptor feeling and modelling the contours of the subject in clay. This has worked unexpectedly well on the shoe at the bottom of the post, which has a solid three-dimensional appearance.

Another Shoe
Modelled Drawing - 19 September 2011
Lithograph Crayon on Paper
38cm x 28cm (15" x 11")


  1. Mark,
    I have to agree that the shoe is better than the shoulder. The physique in the shoulder is hardly the king of the crags we might expect - and I recognise what you are saying about the purpose of the lesson, which I think works best on inanimate objects.

  2. Hi Chris,

    Thank you for your comments. My physique is not what it was.

    Modelled drawing is not more applicable to inanimate objects than to animate objects. I just made a better job of the shoe than my shoulder.

    The focus of the Natural Way to Draw is life drawings. The human body is the ideal subject for most of the exercises, but usually an inanimate object can be substituted.

    The drawing of my shoulder is one of my first modelled drawings of anatomy, which might be why it is not as polished as the drawing of the shoe. I’ve been imposing on Elaine to pose for the endless gesture drawings and feel to guilty to ask her to pose for all the long drawings as well.



  3. Hello there, I've been lurking about your blog from time to time just to see if I can get clarity on things from The Natural Way To Draw when I am having difficulty understanding instructions. I find your post on modelled drawings very helpful. I did not have the lithograph crayon yet, so I did my first modelled drawing with a graphite stick #4B. I have ordered my lithograph crayons and will begin my exercises again once they arrive.

    Thanks again,

  4. Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for getting in touch. It is good to know that someone else is trying The Natural Way To Draw.

    I struggled to find a supplier of lithograph crayons in the UK. Eventually, I found Lawrence Art Supplies who stock Stones Crayons ( I’ve tried the quarter inch and the half inch crayons. The half inch crayons are my favourite. They really are perfect for the exercise.

    Best of luck with the book.

    All the best,