Drawing – Weight and Volume

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“You can grasp the essential weight of an object even before you become conscious of its form or shape.

Form and weight are dependent upon all 3 dimensions – length, width and thickness.

We may think of form as the three dimensional shape of weight.

In searching for a realization of weight, it is not necessary to think in terms of kilograms or pounds. You can feel the weight through your own sense of energy when you imagine picking the object/model up off the ground or by the amount of energy you expend in lifting it.

In fact, you can think of weight itself as having energy. The weight of a stone presses to the ground. As you attempt to lift the heavy object, its weight resists you.

It is that understanding of its resistance to our energy that gives us a real awareness of weight.” Kimon Nicolaides

These artists focus on weight and volume in their work:

Jenny Saville

Fernando Botero 

Lucian Freud

These drawings were completed in a life drawing class where we focused on weight and volume.

This style of drawing is called “mimetic.”

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This style of drawing is called “dysgraphic.”

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Oh my goodness, I think I overfocused!

Edward A Burke’s site is a great reference for drawing and painting.