This is a 30-minute drawing, 18 x 24 inches, done in Bob Schultz’s class at MATC. I’m working on getting the figure down quickly, paying attention to large shapes and masses and getting away from fussing with detail. I’ve also been practicing this approach by copying drawings by George Bridgman, a well-known former instructor at the Art Students League. Here’s an example of those drawings (much smaller, only about 2 x 3 inches):
It’s a more sculptural way of looking at the figure, with the basic idea being that there are three blocks: the head, torso, and pelvis. These can turn and twist, but only at the junction points, the neck and abdomen, but not within each block. I even followed Bridgman’s directions on how to make a little model from three pieces of wood and some copper wire to further reinforce the blocks and bending points approach. It was really fun and I learned a lot!