Sunday, January 31, 2010

3rd entry for January 19, 2010

These are more 2-minute and 3-minute studies.

2nd entry for January 19, 2010

J- held each pf these poses for about 2 minutes.

1st entry for January 19, 2010

Lots of figure drawing of late. On the Tuesday night I went to Diane McGrath's studio and took part in her "Drawing Room" session. J- was working, and I have drawn her before. These were some of the poses she took for 1 minute

3nd entry for January 18, 2010

This was a 40-minute that ended the morning. It was done on a 24" x26" sheet of Durotone "aged newsprint" paper. The head is a little large proportionately, and dominates the study. His lower legs seem a little short, but that is partly due to the angle they were bent at in sitting in a comparatively low chair.

These images can be viewed a little larger and with a truer value range if you click on any of the images posted.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

1st entry for January 18, 2010

On Monday I braved an early rise to step into the noise and bustle of the Art gallery of Ontario's open drawing session. It happens in a big hangar of a room, with partitions separating people visually from other clusters of teachers, students and heavy machinery being operated in the distance.
C- was working, and I hadn't drawn him before. These were some of his 5-minute poses.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

6th entry for January 17, 2010

These are a 20-minute newsprint study and a 22-minute back study on Japanese paper, which finished off the evening.

5th entry for January 17, 2010

These were 15-minute poses. I have drawn M- many times, but most of those occasions were a few years ago. When I draw someone quite a few times in a similar timeframe, I find I start to develop a `shorthand' to depicting their likeness, and that can speed up the process.
But after a period of time has passed, their features will shift with age, and that shorthand can be a bit of an obstacle, as it means imposing no longer relevant information on what is being seen.
I felt like I was re-acquainting myself with the features of M- 's face, with varying degrees of success. That meant that I spent quite a it of time focussing on drawing her head that night.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

4th entry for January 17, 2010

Theses were 10-minute studies.

3rd entry for January 17, 2010

I made Sunday a TSA `trifecta' by returning for the evening session. M- was working, and these are four 1-minute poses plus a 5-minute one.

2nd entry for January 17, 2010

I didn't have any obligations that afternoon, and on the spur of the moment I decided to stay for the 3-hour pose that S- did.
This was done on a 24 x 36 sheet of Japanese paper. The likeness of S- 's face worked very well, but her head is a little small for her body overall in this one, and her shoulders don't sit well.
Nice shadows and drapery, though.

Monday, January 25, 2010

1st entry for January 17, 2010

Still working on maintaining a higher profile while seeking new students, I went out to the Sunday morning drawing session at the TSA. S- was working, and these are 10-minute and 15-minute poses that she took.

2nd entry for January 15, 2010

These were 15-minute and 20-minute poses that M- took towards the end of the evening.

Around this time I was putting in an appearance at more drawing sessions than usual - partly because my schedule allowed, but also in the hopes of attracting a couple of additional students to some life drawing classes that have just started at the TSA now (I'm posting this Jan 24th).

It is still possible to enroll- if you're interested, you can get details here.

1st entry for January 15, 2010

These were 5-minute and 10-minute studies of M- , who was working on the Friday night at the TSA