Monday, October 28, 2013

Entry for Oct 13, 2013

On the Sunday, I got over to the 519 Community Centre's once-monthly Sunday morning session. It's $10 and happens on the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 10 - 1.
The room is a very light one, with white walls and a big window letting in lots of ambient light. The 519 drawers have a regular Thursday night session with short poses, and this Sunday on is focused on getting into longer work, which appeals to me. Jimmy was back working this time as well. All of these are on 18 x 24" sheets of paper The top two are 3-minute studies and the head study is 5 minutes, all on cartridge paper, all done with a Pentel brushpen. The next two are 15-minutes, done with the brushpen on Canson Recycled Sketch paper. I felt that the detail in the two was good, but proportions were pretty squelchy in those two.
The standing 2-minute study is on on Canson XL Drawing paper, and the bottom reclining figure is on Canson Recycled Sketch paper. The sitting and texting study is a 20-minute one on 150 lb. Maidstone rag paper, done with water-soluble graphite and some pencil underdrawing.
I'm happy with the last three here. The sitting study was a bit of a happy discovery; there wasn't enough time to do the more wash-heavy extended studies with the water-based graphite that I've been doing with 40-minute and upwards poses. I used a thin brush to draw the lines like a brushpen, but the more gray line is a bit less uncompromising compared to the black ink of the brushpen. I had a broader brush to put in some washes and move some graphite out from the lines. The pentel pen is good discipline training in this regard. Working in a light-filled space likely made a difference, as opposed to some more dramatically-lit studio spaces.
The lighter wash passages are more airy and fresh, more like what I liked in the Copic drawings, so this is a degree of shading I want to investigate further.
The texting pose was a happenstance - Jimmy was texting on break, and it looked good, giving him a reason to sit and not look out into middle distance.

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