the coi placinefas I faid)ofnofeJi mouth,yoor other line fot the iuftoppoftnóof the eiesbetween which in diftite forthe uofe^lways leauc the fpace of an ey The end of the nofe m ordinary proportion mud besought no lower then the middle ol the cheek, " from whence to the chin it for the mod part is far,ai
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These pages are from a charming little book by H. Peacham, Gent., published in 1606 and titled The Art of Drawing with the Pen and Limming in Watercolour more exactlie then heretofore taught, published for the Behefte of all young gentlemen or any els that are desirous for to become practitioners in this excellent and most ingenious Art.
The first step in making a drawing without a model is to visualize the image you wish to create and begin to set it down on the paper. Quite evidently this image in your mind will not be so clear that you can draw it as though working from life, but the exercises and working methods described in the foregoing chapters are designed to help you develop this visualizing capacity. They should also have given you the means of setting down your first thoughts in visual terms.
Over the next few pages we'll look at a number of different drawings to demonstrate various approaches to the task of drawing from memory. The first is a standing figure of a man drawn to illustrate the uniform of a Scottish soldier.
We can begin with a gesture drawing of a standing figure to establish stance and viewpoint - in this instance he is standing upright on both legs and we are viewing him from the front.
From reference material you can find the shape of the headgear and the style of the uniform so, once you have the proportions correctly established, you can make a few drawings of the head and face to decide upon the kind of character you want. I drew the head from different angles to ensure that I fully understood the way the helmet would sit on the head.
You should now be able to visualize quite clearly what the
finished drawing will look like. If it is still not clear enough in your mind, go back to your reference material and make study drawings of parts of the uniform. Work towards a clear visualization of your projected drawing: remember that, the more you know your subject, the better you will draw it.
The main shapes and proportions should be established first, then the finer details, and then finally the pattern, texture and shading.
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