Tuesday, 28 January 2014


The boiler was broken.
Studio therefore freezing.
Model understandably clothed.

I found it difficult to get a handle on things. We were supposed to be looking at the body as a series of shapes, looking at it more like a mannequin, so we could better understand how it articulates. However, the room was so cold that there was no chance of that so we carried on with what we were doing last week.

But it says "experimental life drawing", so I had a go at something new (for me).

It's difficult to create something meaningful out of a series of quick poses when the body's dynamics are so hidden. 

This is all wrong, the dark top stands out far too much.


When in doubt, throw stuff at it.

Or something.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Wax resist and wrapped

Tonight's class involved ink, candles and a spinnaker.
Our model was, for the most part, wrapped in a blue and white sail and we were to draw largely with wax and then apply ink for a wax resist effect. Drawing with a white candle on white paper is quite a challenge, so I also augmented the figure with a yellow oil pastel and added a few charcoal lines for emphasis. The first half of the night went like this:

Our model then posed reclining, first wrapped then 'unwrapped'.

I have blue hands.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Weight and Balance

The idea was to draw to a plumb line and take account of weight and balance around it.
(That's not very well explained).


I got an Inkling for Christmas.
It's quite cool.

It remembers what you draw and uploads it to your computer where you can play about with it in whatever graphics programme rocks your boat.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

New year

New term.
Scale and form.
Three curled up poses overlaid and increasing in scale.
Good to get back in harness!

(detail below)