June 3, 2011

A backhanded Sketch….part 1

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We’ve been watching a lot of tennis with the French Open tournament going on.  Love tennis!!  Love it!!   I’ve never drawn a tennis player before so I thought I’d take up the challenge.



I’m a bit out of sketch practice since I haven’t sketched since my Diver girl in April.  Dimensions are all out of proportion here.  She looks a bit like a HE here. 

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She still isn’t as lady-like as I’d like her to be.  Had to bring in a bunch of lines as seen here by the red arrows.  I was getting a bit frustrated with myself, and almost stashed this attempt.  But, I have to confess, if I get a sketch right….those are my proudest moments.  So….I….continued.



I’ve got my work cut out for me here, not only is there a face (Yikes!!) which I have to make resemble the player, but the body is closer up than I’m used to.  Not as much room for error…..and I prefer lots of room when I error!



Now, she’s showing more composure and the sketch is coming together a bit better.  I still need to work on that front arm, the contour is off at the elbow.   I’m happier with the shoulder shape finally.

More to follow.

3 comments:

JP said...

I love to watch your sketches develop. Your talent is overflowing. Are we actually related?

Chel said...

It really looks amazing, Eden. I admire your patience with yourself, and your art. And, of course, your talent :)

Eileen Bergen said...

Coming along beautifully, Eden.

Actually I think the first attempt was more true to the photo. Tennis players - male or female - tend to have very developed shoulders.

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