Saturday, June 21, 2014

1st entry for June 8, 2014

On the Sunday morning I got out to the 519 Community Centre drawing group's once-monthly Sunday morning session (10 to 1 on the 2nd Sunday of every month, open to all) . The affable and very lanky Brendan was in working again this time. The top three studies are Pitt pen on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Recycled Sketch paper.
The ones below are a 15-minute, two 25-minute and a 20-minute study, all done with water-soluble graphite pencils and water-soluble graphite washes. The first is on an 18 x 24"sheet of  Canson Mixed Media paper, and the three below are on Canson Montval watercolour sheets, same size. I'm not entirely happy with the partial figure - it's an awkward crop and the head doesn't sit quite right with the torso. The stretched-out one-knee-up reclining pose would have been too thin a strip, done head-to-toe, and had it worked, this cropping could be more intimate in focus.
I like the lying-down back study - it has a directness and vulnerability to it, for me. Win some, lose some...

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