Friday, March 6, 2009
Life Drawing at Latcham Gallery--It's a Man
I hate to sound so excited, but quite frankly, it's a rare occurrence to have a male model. Way back when in art college, I'd say 95% of the models where female. In fact, I remember, and probably only saw, the same three men in my numerous life drawing classes. One of them we all spontaneously nicknamed Jesus. It was hard not too, as he was rail thin and bearded and looked very much those most emaciated renditions of Jesus on the cross in classical art. We all dreaded his presence, given that his angularity made him difficult to draw and less than aesthetically pleasing. There were two more, one of them bland and blond and as exciting as white bread, and the other darker (hair, not skin colour) with a decently muscular body and but a less than attractive face. Given that kind of harsh scrutiny, I may have answered my own question as to why males so rarely model. Yikes! I'm judgemental! I wonder if the men in art classes make the same assessments on the women? Are women so accustomed to being looked at and objectified that posing as 'artist model' is a definite 'step up'? Or is it something more basic; that men have more reason to be embarrassed when put into this situation (don't you dare ask me to explain why). Whatever it is, male models are rare, and it's no wonder that I find them much harder to draw. Other artists in the session said the same thing. Practice is essential, so my kudos to all the men brave enough to bare all to the arts community, however exposed that leaves you. You deserve more thanks than I've given in the past.
That said, this model was gosh-darned charming and good-looking, so the session was a rare treat.
Image: 9"x12" Mi-Teintes paper (oatmeal) & coloured pencil (Prismacolor). This is the first nude I've cropped, for one simple reason--genitals. That's it, even the word barely passes the library test for me (and thankgoodness I don't have google-ads, who knows what would crop up), so call me a prude, but I thought it would be better to give you, the viewer, a choice. To see the entire drawing, click here where I've posted it on the wetcanvas forum (you'll have to scroll down; I couldn't upload the picture and needed to find someone to do it for me). I really like Wetcanvas policy on nudes. You just add a little bare-butt icon to your post, and people can chose not to look, and nothing need be censored or mislabelled adult content. Sorry, I absolutely do not consider art nudes to be adult content. It's not like we have age restrictions for art galleries either. Enjoy--or not.