Monday, May 9, 2011

1st entry for Apr 24, 2011

 This is a  1 hour study of S-    , give or take a few minutes.   That was all I had time for that day.  It is done with compressed charcoal on a 22 x 30" sheet of Japanese paper. I am reasonably happy with the directness of the drawing here - it doesn't look too fussed-over.

An image like this is floating, in my mind, on a sea of possible directions into which the surrounding space could situate S-  , or contrast with his image.  I find that is often the stage the drawings are hovering at at the end of working with a model.
Any people who people who like investigating longer figure drawings of their own should check out a  Spring Intensive workshop I am teaching at the Toronto School of Art next week. (May 16 -20).   It's called "Bodies in Context", and runs from 9 a.m to 4 p.m daily     
Each day features a different model, set up in a tableau with props and backdrop elements, to explore narrative and symbolic  situations.  Good figure drawing practice, lots of time for one-on-one feedback and coaching, and an excellent opportunity to consider content - and the meaning of figures - within your work. 
There are a couple of places left, and for details, check in at the TSA's website.

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