Drawing The Figure With Boxes And Cylinders

Pre Covid, whenever I wanted to treat myself to something special I'd take Penny (my kid) to Pandor, a local French bakery, and peruse their pastry counter.

Looking at the colorful fruit tarts and crunchy looking puff pastries, smelling the hints of vanilla, butter and sugar in the air, and then of course the eating part, made for a true delight for the senses.

No standing in the sweltering heat of the kitchen, hair clinging to my sweaty forehead. No need to deal with the hassle of custards not setting, butter being too cold, or flour being too coarse.

Let that be the pastry chef's trouble.

Truth is, a ton of hard work, study and practice goes into making something we consider a treat, even if, to the naked eye, it doesn't show.

We don't see the hundred batches of"F* this sh*t !"that get thrown out. We don't see the days spent researching and testing the best butter brands. What we do see is the thing sitting on the shelf, looking tantalizing.

And as you might suspect, drawings aren't all that different from pastries. If done well, they too are a true delight. 

But if you want your drawings to get to display shelf status, we gotta do our equivalent of throw out batches and butter research.

No, it's not the work we love to do, nor would we dream of sharing it with our friends, but it is the work that separates future showstoppers from duds.

To keep on track with your own unseen work, especially as it relates to figure drawing, check out this week's video. 

I look forward to breaking some eggs with you ;)


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