Another life drawing session. We've missed several weeks - it was good to get back to it.
We had an unusually lithe and slender model this evening, with a full head of auburn hair, safety pins in her ears, and a big square tattoo on her beautiful abdomen. I was sorry about the tattoo. She did a number of challenging poses - hard to hold, and hard to draw. She was exceptional, and it was a fascinating evening. She reached and twisted and stood in ways that really set off her tiny waist, long thighs, and thin arms. I wasn't happy with more than two or three of the drawings, but I deeply enjoyed it. This was a five minute pose. 18 x 24 - click for a larger view. It's a lot to get done in five minutes. This was a gorgeous pose, and I'm happy with the drawing.
This pose, though, had me shaking my head. I wasn't sure I should post it, but I decided it's not really that detailed. I was determined to draw exactly what I had before me. While drawing I'm only aware of shapes and contrasting areas of light and dark. It's all about angles and curves and proportions. That's what makes a drawing work, especially if there is any foreshortening in it. But once in a while, usually when the model is moving between poses, and I'm not looking through the artist's lense, I realize that I am gazing upon a nude female - a total stranger except for her first name. Then the pose is taken and I'm instantly back to seeing contours and shapes, not a girl at all. This was a ten minute pose. I was especially fascinated with the tendons in the thighs right before the backs of the knees. They were so sharp and well lit, especially on her left leg.
Tonight I was a bit nervous because I brought one of my watercolor boards. I didn't intend to paint there - I can't paint with other people around (except Oldest - we do art together, so that's OK - but even then we have an understanding that we don't look at each other while we're working). But I did intend to draw on the page while there, then refine the drawing at home, then paint on it after that. And I wasn't sure I could pull of it together on the spot there with so many other people around. So I was edgy.
But it worked out OK, and now I have this to look forward to painting. I captured four poses on this page (19 x 19). One was a reclined pose, with a profile which I captured pretty well - best face I've done in these sessions (I don't usually concentrate on faces - I can get someone to pose for a face, but nudes are harder to come by). But it didn't work in the composition and I erased it completely. That felt weird, and absolutely prodigally free.