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How to depict emotions in figurative artworks

How to depict emotions in figurative artworks

Drawing by Yasmeen Kanan

Hello there!

Just to tell you a little about myself, although I have been drawing a long time ago, but it is recently that I have started academic drawing… and I usually have a problem with being afraid of mistakes in drawing, whether it is in watercolor, pen, pencil, chalk, etc… so I try to get rid of this fear via the continuous practice, but I must make sure before graduating as a Visual Artist, that my basics are well established.

That is why I have joined this Drawing Academy.

The sketch I uploaded is daily practice, but I want to add character into my sketches and artworks. I love to portray mood and emotion even if it is just an academical sketch.

I tried with chalk to increase the darkness although the in reality the model was sitting on a chair with a beige background, but I don’t want to just draw right. I want to express something that Goya expressed…

I just can’t recognize this thing that made Goya that great that he did not only convey skills, but a horrific story, an emotional scene, his expressive method. That is what confuses me, and I want to work on myself to reach his level of skillfulness.

I would also like to be introduced to artists other than Goya, who had such a great impact.

figure drawing

Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy Tutor

Dear Yasmeen Kanan,

Many thanks for your drawing.

You may find these two articles about depicting human emotions in artworks interesting:

//drawingacademy.com/how-to-express-emotion-and-character-through-portraits

//drawingacademy.com/life-drawings-nikolai-blokhin

Kind regards,
Vladimir

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