Life drawing is important for my work as my art is very much about feeling good about life and doing one’s best to stay positive, as I’m female the characters in my art are most often female, so being able to represent women through drawing is important.
A number of life drawing sessions were timetables for the start of the Foundation Studies course, as the figure is considered to be one of the hardest things to draw.
I used a beautiful life drawing from UAL Chelsea and used Lino cutting techniques to cut into rubber.
I added feathers when printing. I’m delighted with the outcomes.
I love the vividness of the colours achieved and contrast with printing inks on the white paper.
I think I prefer this print reversed…
I cleaned the Lino with white spirit then cut further her into the Lino and re-inked and created more prints.
The second part of this challenge was to Lino cut directly from looking at the life model using just the cutting tool and Lino. Here are the resulting prints with the bright colours being inspired by Alberto Giacometti’s ceiling murals that I saw in Zurich Police Headquarters last week.
The first time trying life drawing is an unusual experience but once you relax into the drawing process Life Drawing requires a careful process of looking, marking the paper, looking again, making marks. The careful consideration of the model’s form and trying to accurately represent it leaves little room for other thoughts making it relaxing and a way of switching off/disconnecting from our busy lives.
I struggle to meditate, find mindfulness a bit confusing but when I’m life drawing I can find a place of conscious thinking which is also a little unconscious. Sometimes I sit back from my drawing and I wonder where it has come from and how that came about as the many small marks become a whole representative piece.
Non-judgement of the drawing during its creation calms the mind, slows the breathing and allows for an enjoyable process. I use the thought that ‘with practice the drawing will only get better’, so I try not to judge the drawing but let the process of practice deal with my development.
I first tried life drawing 13 months ago, here are the drawings from the latest session. This session began a little differently as the model was wearing a satin gown, so we could try to capture the texture and folds of the fabric. This was inspired by the ‘Robes‘ series of artworks by American artist Jim Dine created over an almost 50 year period as a form of self portrait from 1964 onwards. (Bizarre concept but fab colours)?
It’s a very pure form of art that has remained the same process for hundreds of years.
You can use whatever medium you wish for life drawing in this session I worked in Quink, my favourite pink drawing ink and also at the end of session oil pastels.
The drawing is valuable practice in representing form of all kinds and aids observation skills, so it’s beneficial to all art work. If you’ve not tried it, and like me forget that you were trying to meditate or be mindful, then maybe try life drawing to achieve calm.
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A big part of life drawing is recognising one’s style and letting it emerge.
Life drawing is a valuable exercise as it is very difficult so it’s great practice for all drawing, which enables my art to be able to develop and allows me to constantly evolve how I can represent my ideas and communicate positive energy.
Here are the pieces from the latest session, I felt challenged by a busy mind, distraction from background noise and the small paper size, but pushed on and when it then came to he final piece which was A2 I am happy with the result. The final pose appeals to me as it’s a pensive, contemplative pose which captures my imagination of what the woman in my ink painting could be thinking or, better still, day dreaming about. Thinking idealistically about this is much more hope encouraging for me.
This week the Inspire by Kim exhibition ended, but the good news is that I now have artworks for sale in the shop at Airy Fairy.
Originals, canvases and framed prints are in the main shop area.
I was pleased to announce that The Little Bean Bag Cafe & Cake Emporium is displaying two prints of my paper cut pictures for sale.
Had a visit from The Small Print Company and tried typesetting and printing old style.
Worked on a new creative on two canvases in acrylic and oil paints. More on that later.
Life drawing – I drew a male model for the first time.
Now I’ll be reflecting on my exhibition, reading the lovely comments from my exhibition visitors and continuing my current project.
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Had a great afternoon as my first experience of life drawing.
We had four ten minute period to draw the female model in four different poses. We were encouraged to try a range of media, I had two thicknesses of charcoal, my pit pen and a pencil ready.
After my figurative drawing practice which formed part of the figurative drawing art challenge I decided to choose the charcoal, as I had been pleased with the former results.
I felt that the drawing for each pose improved as I practiced and learned and looked and drew. I was moved by the purity of the experience, like it was getting back to natural and the natural human form. I felt a warmth of gratitude at the opportunity and at the courage of the model to make her body available for our art experience and education.
When we took a short break I felt near exhausted from the energy I had out into to the shorter and the longer duration pieces of work. The last before the break was to use colour and oil pastels were recommended. I chose red, yellow. Orange, green and blue pastels as I didn’t know what I would need. I set to with the colours, shading with the complementary colours and the longer sitting time of the seated pose gave a lot of opportunity for detail and working into the picture.
The first half of the session I had been working at an easel on A1 paper, after so long standing my knee needed a rest so I took the seated option for the second part of the session.
As I had a very different drawing position I chose charcoal again for the next drawing and with more time worked into the detail. I don’t feel that the torso is the correct proportion but I’m pleased for a first time attempt. We were then advised to use a medium that we hadn’t previously used so I chose watercolour and large, thin and fine brushes. Again I chose the colours and darkened with complimentary colours to capture the model’s laid down pose.
I’m delighted with the progress that I made in the session, with what I learned and the fact that although it was nervous beforehand I relaxed into it. Was able to not overthink the task and knew I was enjoying it when I almost sang out loud. Will definitely be life drawing again as I really enjoyed it and contrary to my prior perception did reasonably well. I need to work on promotion and facial details but overall the results were positive.
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