Sunday, February 28, 2010
The Sunday night was an upsy-downsy one for me as far as drawing went. I got there late, feeling fairly tired after spending five busy and very productive hours at a Mercer Union hosted mega clothing swap.
J- was there, and his work was really good, as always. My work alternated between good and awful (in my estimation). This sheet of 1-minute gesture studies and the two 10-minute studies were some of the good ones.
The head in the upright sitting pose is, in my estimation, a particularly successful effort at setting down his face and expression. As such, it was the only face that worked out for me.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
These are three 15-minute poses and a 20-minute reclining pose that finished off the evening. I have mixed success getting a likeness of G- , but I felt that I was quire successful in the reclining study.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
One by one, these images aren't being posted in the exact sequence the poses were done, but they are very close.
We started into 5-minute poses just before taking a break, and after switching to a set of very nicely draped silks. J- continuesd with more 5-minute poses. Some yoga experience is evident (in my estimation) in the stamina and flexibility in sustaining headstands and back bends for long stretches of time like this.
J- 's expression in the middle image is far too grim-looking. She had more of a relaxed smile at the time. But with studies like this, there can only be a minute or so alotted to setting down a face. Any more, and there's no time left for the rest of the pose. Which means that if I miss the likeness, it is smarter to live with it and keep going.
Monday, February 22, 2010
These were all poses that J - held in the 1- to 2- minute range. The studio is in a storefront space, and the tableau of the topmost pose elicited a cheer from a coupke passing by. I keep my back to the windowed side (the space we use begins about 4 metres back within the space), so I can't say definitively, but it seems that very few people seem to stop to watch what's going on.
On Tuesday I was beginning to get over my fierce cold, and went over to my usual stop at Diane McGrath's Drawing Room session (which is open for any one to join in).
For the first half, Diane was exploring the notion that two hoops might be better than one, and J- was the aerialist of the night testing that hypothesis.
There are two principal justifications in my mind for posting figure studies. The first and main one is the feeling or sensitivity of the drawing itself (or some other element of interest, like experimentation in composition or materials.) The other is when the action being performed is noteworthy and I want to share the record of that. Once in a while these all overlap in the same study, which is especially pleasing for me.
These are all in the 1-minute range. They are rather raw as studies, but begin to give a sense of what J- was doing.