Driftwood sketch

Jekyll

Adriana Burgos, sketchbook drawing, charcoal and sanguine, driftwood

 We are getting ready for our last family vacation of the year, a camping trip to one of my favorite places in Georgia, Jekyll Island. The island has beautiful beaches, marshes, rivers, gorgeous huge oak trees and beautiful driftwood along the water. This is a sketch I did on site at Driftwood Beach a while back. I was drawn to the beautiful shapes created by the branches. I look forward to more sketching this trip!

 

Studies of space and movement from multiple figures

Last week I posted a single quick gestural drawing from the karate journals. This week I am sharing a study of  multiple figures. I have found that the practice of quick gesture studies from life during my kids’ karate classes has given me the opportunity to explore composition and space. With no time to think, just look and record and this allows me to respond to the shapes and rhythms created by a room full of figures. I enjoy enhancing composition with light and dark and creating areas of emphasis by developing some figures more than others.

Single figure from the karate journals

Adriana Burgos, 1 minute gesture sketchbook drawing from the karate journals

Adriana Burgos 1 minute gesture sketchbook drawing from the karate journals

Today I share with you a single figure from my karate sketches. This is a gesture drawing done under one minute. The subject is a child in sparring gear, which includes, a helmet, gloves and shoes. I marvel at the balance and rhythms found in the human figure and never get tired of studying this through these observational sketches. In the torso, the spine has an “S” like movement; on the legs, the curvatures of the front of the thighs face the curves of the calves. All these lyrical movements add grace to the standing human form.