Friday, May 25, 2012

Entry for May 8, 2012

On the Tuesday night I visited the more erotic-themed Keyhole Sessions drawing session. They are working through a series of Deadly Sins theme nights, and this was loosely structured around Pride as a theme, but that mostly translated into their standard fare of women in bondage/fetish ensembles enacting power dynamics with each other. D-  , who did the top tree poses solo was more clearly on-theme with her seated poses. She was also several months pregnant. Pregnant people's bodies are interesting to draw in any setting, but seemed more striking in this particular venue.

The sessions do offer the challenge of integrating multiple figures into a common space, and some interesting ensembles to draw, and on occasion some more deliberate facial expression than more standard drawing sessions. It is a stretch. And it definitely situates people into a more sexual context. My one quibble is that their presentation of that context is always along the same direction- one flavour. If one is to investigate more erotic imagery, it would be nice to be able to work with a broader spectrum of flavours. But it is what it is, and fun to be challenged by.

The top study is 5 minutes, the next ones of D-  are 10 and 15 minutes respectively, and the one of S-   and part of J R - is 15 minutes as well. they are all done with hard compressed charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge paper.
The lower one also uses hard Nobel charcoal on an 18 x 24" sheet of Maidstone rag paper that was prepared with loosely applied bands of powdered charcoal.

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