To practice drawing foreshortening, I place a mirror at the end of a mattress and draw what I see in the mirror, as suggested in the manual.
First a few quicker trials using the “coil technique”, drawing a coil that gets thicker or thinner in space to feel the three dimensionality of the limbs.
I am using a rather numb pencil to avoid getting stuck in detail.
This is an A4 drawing with 3B pencil:
I think the stretched out leg got somewhat too long, and the hand too big ,but to my own surprise I captured the pose clearly.
Here another trial on A4 with a charcoal pen:
So the foot close to the mirror appears much bigger than the head that is further away. Again- far from perfect, but the pose works.
I seem to have a problem sketching lightly though. I started off both very light and there is something I really liked about them- but then continued too long til the outlines got too clear- something to pay attention to. Here are the light beginnings:
Another trial with white chalk on black paper:
I am getting a feel for the foreshortening with the mirror. Time to explore this in other poses.
I take a look at foreshortening in yogaposes. These drawings are from photographs, so easier to get the proportions right of course. I decided to sketch on newspaper. ( Turned the house upside down looking for the Indian ones from one of my yogajourneys which would make sense for yoga poses, but as I couldn’t find them, I use these pages in Arabic because I like the letters… hoping the meaning is not too off subject)
Bhujapidasana in black biro pen:
I quite like this insectlike creature, but think it is unclear if you don’t know the pose, so I decided to add some Conte colour:
This wasn’t such a great idea- now it got too much of a cartoon.
Another trial with Paschimottanasana- forward bend:
Obvious foreshortening with the huge feet reaching towards the viewer.
For the research section of the same topic, I have just been looking at Jenny Saville’s work, and what is missing here in my trials is interesting cropping- something to look into next!