So I've had this idea for a while to combine art and nudism in one mind opening event, and host clothing optional life drawing, where everyone who comes draws and models, and fun is had by all. I finally got more than one person will to give it a go, so we did it, and it was much fun! I only got to do two decent drawings out of it myself this time around.
She's back, and still in blue and red. This time I did one of my favourite drawings to date, a lovely almost abstract detail:
So this model clearly wasn't quite ready to commit to the cause, his shorts stayed firmly on throughout. Likewise I seemed to struggle to decide what colour he needed to be, resulting in a very colourful set of drawings.
My choice to draw in a sort of fuschia colour, and the way I was drawing in this session, turned out this lovely flesh-like effect:
Generally I much prefer drawing women than men; women's bodies just seem so much more interesting, men are so linear! This guy though, I really liked drawing, he struck some really good poses, and was also just a nice person - It was his first time modelling, and he was really keen to get feedback and take on ideas. It was a really enjoyable session thanks to his energy, and I think I got some pretty decent drawings too!
Game changer! Let's try using coloured pencils today I told myself, and I never looked back! I don't know what it is about drawing in colour, but I feel so much freer to be bold with my marks. My quick sketches gain new life too, as I use a different colour for each pose, making them an anatomical rainbow!
My favourite model is back for these, who since I started drawing in colour I always seem to draw in blue with red hair; she does indeed have red hair, and it gives a nice pop to the images.
I'm really pleased with this first one, it's probably my best face drawing up to this point, and the scribbling give it so much texture and makes the shadows feel almost alive!
Same model, now with a prop, booo! Can I blame the distraction of the umbrella for the horrendous faces on these ones??
Thankfully the umbrella was only visiting for part of the session.
And there I go, drawing the other drawers again!
This is the most regular model at the uni society, and she's a real pleasure to draw; always comes up with interesting poses, and the way her body behaves, and folds is so interesting and beautiful! Didn't really do her justice in these first drawings, but did better later!
It had been a few years since I last did any life drawing, when I found this year that the art society at my old uni did a weekly session. Strangely, some years after graduating, this is one of several uni societies I have got quite involved with this year! As you can see, I was a bit rusty getting back to drawing again!
After going to life drawing at the gallery now and then for a while, it got cancelled, because the gallery was getting renovated. I didn't do any drawing for a while, until I discovered a local artist held occasional sessions in his studio space, so I went along to that. I only went once though, I think it clashed with my working arrangements at the time.
I'm not a big fan of props; I don't mind a neutral block of something for a model to position themselves on or against, but when that becomes something they are more activity interacting with, or something more overtly designed, than the prop itself becomes a bit too dominant in the composition for my liking. Case in point, the time the model was asked to sit in a deck-chair. Yuck. I do quite like drawing what's going on around a model though (mainly only if I get bored with a particular pose), like this time I drew the other drawers:
I think it was at this session that I really realised I like to scribble; just keep messily drawing until the image builds up; it's a very satisfying and busy way to build up an image. These first two contrast the scribble-form with a more traditional sketchy look, of the same pose. I much prefer the scribble version:
This model only seems to have liked laying poses. Not especially fond of any of the drawings from this session, got some real feet-scale issues going on!
I've been to a few different places that host life drawing sessions, and they're all pretty similar in the basic structure of things; short poses at the start, gradually working up to longer and longer poses, then one or two much longer poses, and often shorts again to finish. I learnt pretty quickly that I much prefer shorter poses - I'm not aiming to be especially realistic (I have a camera to do that...), so I find after 15 minutes I've done all I want to do with most drawings, I much prefer the challenge of capturing a pose in few seconds or couple of minutes tops. Enough to get the shapes, and then move on. So these sort of quick drawings are often my favourites:
Alas I have longer periods to fill too. You can see with this model I really didn't get on well with her face! Indeed faces and me generally don't work out that well!
I first tried life drawing in 2009, going to sessions held at a local gallery. At the first one I went to, the model was a particularly rotund older man. From this first time, and ever since, I generally prefer to try and draw whatever I end up with, rather than moving around to pick an optimal view; I see it as part of the fun of the exercise. In this instance that delivered me a spherical stomach with feet and penis pointing at me! As you can see, I got the feet a little on the small side, but otherwise don't think this is too bad.
The only other drawing I have from this first session is this weird stylised thing: