Sunday, January 31, 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
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
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
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
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
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.