Drawing Challenge #Day 14

Day 14’s challenge is to distort boring reality into something more interesting.

The reference photo shows an old, balding man walking in the rain with a package in one hand and an umbrella in the other. The challenge is to translate it into a more dramatic, dynamic drawing. 

In the reference photo, the man’s pose is such that his arms and legs are very close to his body. His silhouette is quite static and boring as you cannot make out his form clearly. We are supposed to improve the pose to create a more engaging image with clearer form and shape. 

Below is my solution to the challenge:

I tried to create an illusion that the man was walking against the wind, with what little hair he had on his head standing up on its edges, his coat blowing outward and the umbrella ready to escape from his hands so that he is almost hugging it to his body.

With both a package and an umbrella in his hand, I found it difficult to separate his arms from his body, but I think I have improved the character’s overall pose. What do you say?

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Published by Leena T Pandey

I have been reading voraciously since the age of five when I first discovered the joys of reading. I would lap up anything in print. Unrolling an emptied newspaper cone with one hand, stuffing roasted peanuts in my mouth with the other, all the while devouring the printed content on the cone with my eyes, was one of my first experiences in hedonistic pleasure. In fact, sometimes I feel that I am on an adventurous journey through the secret dreamworld of other people's imaginations, interspersed with occasional visits to my own life to attend events like graduation, first job, marriage, and so on. As a true-blue reader, I think I am uniquely qualified to comment on and critique other people's works of labour. I can tell exactly what puts the average reader to sleep, what sets their pulse racing, and what has them salivating for more. Write to me at leenatpandey@gmail.com.

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