Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Week Three

Quite a difficult week for a couple of reasons; one, I was suffering with a cold, tiredness and quite a bad headache making concentration a real challenge. Secondly, the exercise itself proved more challenging than maybe it should. 
The exercise was to assess and draw the boundary of the area occupied by the model. Then, using this shape, draw the model within it. There were a few short poses (model crawling) and then a longer seated pose.
Drawing the shape the model should fit into seems simple enough but if you get the shape wrong it's very difficult to get the body right, even though you're supposed to realise the error and adjust the drawing. 
It's odd that having set what was really an arbitrary boundary, it was so difficult to rethink the box, to think outside it.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

This week's class

Lovely class tonight. A welcome distraction indeed.
Focus was on drawing blind, creating body and the negative space.

This is several blind drawings of three poses overlaid.

Using the side of a stick of charcoal, the aim was to build up the body shape.
And finally,

A reclining pose, trying to concentrate on the negative space.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Back in the swing

New term, new venue.
The class has moved to the Omega Centre, a more suitable venue and a better space in which to work.
Felt great getting back into the swing of drawing.

Tonight was all about movement, gesture and contour.

Everything was very quick, very fluid, and for me it was all about trying to get loose again after too long a time not drawing from life. 
Thoroughly enjoyable evening despite the weird new easels!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Remember that lino?

I'm going to make an Amsterdam scene with my big piece of lino. This is the marking up about 80% done and I expect the cutting will take a fair while.
In other news, the life classes start again tomorrow; now called "experimental" rather than "advanced", it will be good to get stuck in to the drawing again.