Wednesday, February 29, 2012
On the Sunday afternoon, I got in for some drawing as well. B- was working. He is a really strong model. His repertoire of favoured poses is fairly fixed, and I've drawn him enough times that they are all familiar territory.
The good side of that is that it encourages trying something different, if I don't want to repeat existing
drawings I've done. (Not that that's the worst thing - One never stepping in the same stream, and all...)
With my aim to be bolder, I was continuing the more close-up cropping. Not having the whole figure in view made keeping proportions in line more challenging, but I wasn't too worried about that.
The top study is roughly 12 minutes; the next two are 20 minutes each, and all of the top three are on sheets of 90 lb Maidstone. The top two are on 20 x 26" sheets, the third is on a 22 x 30" sheet.
The lowest one was 15 minutes, and is on an 18 x 24" sheet of Canson Sketch paper.
All are done with hard U-Art charcoal.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
These are two 20-minute studies above, done on 22 x 30" sheets of 90 lb Maidstone paper.
The lower one was a final 15-minute pose, and is on a 20 x 26"sheet of the same paper. All were done with a mix of U-Art and Nobel hard compressed charcoals.
It's tricky, because for this paper, the Nobel is a bit too hard, and the other a bit too soft. but between them lies the best texture I've found for myself. The lower two were mostly drawn with the harder charcoal, which affords a smoother texture, and then the darkest values intensified with the softer material. Switching to and fro slows things down, though, and necessitates drawing fast just to keep up.
That does add an element of urgency to the process, which can translate into lively marks. Most of the drawing resources I have stop at 20 minutes, but I'm finding a little more gives some desired wiggle room. There are very long poses, and somehow it is hard to keep the drawing to a 25-minute or 30-minute timeframe within that. Maybe I need my own timer for those...
C- has an impressive mass of curly `bed-head' hair, and an interesting face to draw. I find that his hair can be so attention-getting and time-consuming that this session I opted to have much of it out of the frame, to put the focus more on his head and body. I was also consciously opting for more cropped figures, to bring him a little closer to the viewer and have him fill more of the picture field.
Monday, February 27, 2012
On the Friday night I made it out for a portion of the TSA session, where C- was working. I've drawn him a few times recently, enough so that his poses were becoming familiar territory.
Z- has been on my case for a while for being a little too predictable and holding back within my drawing, feeling a lot of the images that I am making are a bit too safe/conventional in their full-figure composition and handling.
I can partially concur; by and large I have put composition to the side in favour of refining mark-making texture and sensitivity of bodily description. I had made a personal decision that once I had hit my 5K drawing mark, I'd put the pictorial aspect more in the forefront. The informal mantra is to be "no boring drawings" for the next while.
In open life sessions, I don't have control of the poses people assume, so that is a factor to respond to. I do have control over the mark-making, the composition, the energy put into the work, and the value range. Also, the negative spaces can be handled however I wish, but time constraints enter into some of these short studies, when it comes to incorporating a background. I can edit, too; not every study is as lively, so I can share the ones I like most, rather than the majority of them from a given session.
The top study here is a 10-minute one, done on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Sketch with hard compressed U-Art charcoal. I was opting for a more close-up cropping of C- .The lower one is done with a combo of hard U-Art and Nobel compressed charcoals, on a 20 x 26" sheet of 90 lb Maidstone paper. I was going for a bolder, direct handling.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
These studies of Z- were all in the 15- to 20-minute range. They are done with hard U-Art charcoal on 20 x 26" sheets of 90 lb Maidstone paper.
With these, this blog marks - and passes - its 5000th image posted. Which feels like the close of a bit of a chapter of a particular fixation on technical development and documentation.
From here, I may not post quite so much, and my present mission is to add to the interest of the content - to get more bold and playful, and explore some livelier and less traditional/conventional figure studies
For that, time will tell.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
As I have been observing, I'm fast coming up on 5000 images posted on this blog, a process that began roughly three years ago.
My sweetheart Z- has now been working as a model for four years, so this week marks a milestone for each of us. She generously did some work on the Thursday at my studio, as my 5K muse.
These are some 1.5-minute gestures, done with medium Nobel compressed charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Sketch paper. Her gestures were very dynamic, as always.
These take us to number 4999...
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
On the Tuesday I made it to Artists 25. D- was working there. Above is a 5-minute study done with hard U-Art charcoal on 18 x 24" bond paper.
Below are two 10-minute studies, done with medium Nobel charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Sketch paper.
I'm happy to note that a work of mine is in an exhibition titled "Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century", down in Astoria, Oregon. The exhibition opens tonight, Feb 23.
You can see the work online here.
I'm also happy to note that I am about ten studies away from posting this blog's 5,000th image, one which will likely be drawn later today.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
The combination of a nasty flu bug and some important family stuff meant no sketching opportunities for over a week.
On the Sunday morning, things were settled enough that I was able to get to the TSA and work on some drawing. The model was M- , and I hadn't worked with her before. These are a 2-minute study at top, and two 10-minute ones below. These were all done with a #2 Koh-I-Noor Nero drawing stick on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Sketch paper.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
These are a 10-minute study, a 5-minute one and a 15-minute one below. All are done with a Koh-I-Noor #2 drawing stick on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Sketch paper.
At the time i was working on these, i was just starting to succumb to a nasty bug that is making the rounds, and the work was going slowly.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
( Note - a drawing of mine from last year will be included soon in an international juried show down in Oregon - you can see details here. )
On the following Tuesday night I was out drawing at Artists 25. P- , who I have not seen around for a long rime, was working. Above is a 5-minute study, and below a 10-minute one, both using hard compressed charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Sketch paper
Friday, February 10, 2012
These are 20-minute studies, done with Nobel hard compressed charcoal on 22 x 30" sheets of 90 lb Maidstone paper. These images did not use mush of the full sheet, as I was fairly fixated on getting the look and character of D- . I chased around it without getting spot-on, I felt, but was quite close, all the same.
On the Tuesday, D- was working at Artists 25. I know him quite well, and I was wrestling with getting his likeness, with varying degrees of success.
These are two 5-minute studies above, and two 10-minute ones below. All use hard compressed charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Sketch paper.