The latest gathering of my clothing optional life drawing group resulted in a mixed bag of drawings. A couple here I really love, and some were a bit iffy! Especially, as ever, when it comes to faces!
Trying to make this idea of mine a more regular things, thanks to enthusiastic friends who want to come! I'm really pleased with this first portrait. I've always found faces very hard, but seem to find this one friend especially drawable!
Meanwhile another friend takes pride in more unusual poses...
I also tried a multicoloured drawing this time, inspired by techniques I'd seen others using at previous life drawing groups. I'm not sure I quite pulled it off to the greatest effect here, but certainly worth playing with further I think.
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!
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!
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!
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:
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: