Monday, May 31, 2010
These two upright 15-minute poses and the 20-minute lying-down pose ended the evening. In hindsight I made his foreshortened front leg a little too big, but it does have dramatic effect.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
From top down these are two 10-minute poses and a 20-minute one, as memory serves. For a change I tried using some compressed charcoal on the newsprint along with the Conte crayon I usually use. I'm beginning to feel that I have drawn enough Conte on newsprint studies of people working aerially, and that means there is a cushion to proceed from in investigating other media and ultimately more permanent papers with this subject matter I enjoy.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
These 15-minute and 20-minute studies finished the evening. I was getting tired, and I think T- was as well. For the final pose, I think that eye strain from not wearing his glasses was affecting him, and his facial expression was cycling through a couple of different ones. I tried one unsuccessful attempt at depicting hom more at ease, but the frowning expression he would periodically return to was striking, so I decided to try to record it.
In hindsight, it has a lot of character and an unfussiness to it that are also more flattering to T- than I had thought at the time.
The lack of glasses was not T- 's idea, but a request from the person who looks after the Sunday night session. It seems that many life drawers favour having their view of people fully unimpeded, which includes eyewear. That does make drawing them slightly easier, but can be difficult for some of the models, who find it a strain to operate with impaired vision. When I teach I favour models taking off their specs, but will be more tolerant of it if the person is genuinely strssed with them off, provided it's not a class focussing on the eyes themselves.