Saturday, February 28, 2009
Life Drawing at Latcham Gallery
This weeks Life Drawing subject illustrates two things; the difference between great models, and just a model being one of them. I don't want to be too critical, but this weeks model did the same pose 3 times, and not by request. It was, at the time, a little dissappointing, but this way you can clearly see the difference between one minute, ten minutes, and 40 minute drawings. The last is pencil crayon on cream Mi-Tientes paper.
If you look at the one minute pose, you can check out how I begin my life drawings. I don't 'block in' or 'draw negative spaces'--the two dead-end methods I doggedly pursued in my art college years. Instead, I begin with a line representing the curve of the spine. This makes it easier to sense where on the page the model belongs, then next, not in any particular order, I place a line representing the two shoulders and the angle they are at, the same for the hips (imagining the ball socket of each hip) and brief lines for arm bones and leg bones. Sometimes I add dots for elbows, knees and shoulder to clarify things in my head. By the time all this is in (15 to 60 seconds) I have a 'gesture' that actually has some human expression to it. The head, also often a neck line & front centre comes next and after that it's all finger crossing and hoping for the best because if this initial phase is in error, no amount of detail, shading or outline will fix it (but maybe a big fat eraser would).
& More Doodle Diary
Third panel, yep, we went to the zoo for the afternoon. We have a years membership and it's the best $165 ever spend. Even for frugal people this is money well spent as divided over the year, it makes for many cheap dates. It is the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo which is a vast tract of partly forested land and landscaped rolling hills. You can walk for hours or soak up warmth & humidity and greeness in the pavillions. We go there in winter for a green fix. Other panels open to your interpretation.