This seems to makes non-artists nervous, and silly jokes are made about male models having erections and artists finding the sight of a nude body irresistible. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. For a start, it’s very difficult to draw and talk at the same time (it’s a brain thing, which I have talked about before) so most life sessions are silent, except for the music that might be playing in the background.
I attend life drawing sessions whenever I can. Groups differ in the set up of their sessions. Some have a few quick poses first and then settle into a long pose for more detailed study. The group I go to on Saturdays likes to do quick poses for the whole two hours, which I really like. We may give a few directions such as ‘could we have a back view next?’ but other than that the only comment is the timekeeper saying ‘next pose please!’
I don’t distort figures when I draw/paint them. Well, not on purpose, anyway! I like the challenge of trying to draw exactly what I see, but after so many years of drawing practice I know that if I use static media such as pencils or pastels, the results are going to be quite predictable. To make things interesting I choose materials which don’t always stay where I put them, usually watercolours and soluble pens and inks. I also like to work on paper with a thin layer of gesso on it, which makes it semi waterproof. I am only just in control as everything slides around and the results are often surprising, which is why I find it an exciting way to work.
Years of study support me of course. Previous blogs have explained my methods of measuring (Blog Archives, ‘Drawing on Good Measure’ April 2014; ‘Drawing Figures from Life’ August 2015), seeing shapes and perspective (Blog Archives, ‘Drawing from a New Perspective’ ‘Drawing Flat Out’ March 2014).
Class Update –
Tuesday mornings at Le Meridien in the Kudeta lounge 10am – 12.30pm we explore different techniques and approaches to drawing and painting.
Thursdays 10.30 – 1pm we meet at Ta’Mena in Gozo to draw and paint in the extensive grounds
Fridays 9.30 – 12pm we always have a good time in the gardens of Villa Bologna in Attard!
I am going to start a Saturday morning basic drawing and watercolour class in my studio in Manikata soon - please let me know if you are interested or want any more info.
I love to paint - and draw - and help others to discover their creative side too.....
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