Friday, March 25, 2011

Life Drawing - 25/03/11

Our last life drawing of the year!  Sad times.  I didn't feel at my best during this session, although I don't mind the work I produced.  It felt like I would draw something, get it entirely wrong, erase it, draw it again, and THEN it would look right.  Just felt really roundabout and it took an irritatingly long time to get the proportions right, or at least to a standard I was happy with.

The first set were 20 minutes long, then after the break (the second two pictures) we did quick 5 minute poses.  Short poses aren't something that we do very often and I definitely think it's something I'm going to need to work on in the future.  I'm hopefully going to be setting up some of my own life drawing this Friday to make up for the couple of classes I missed this semester.  Been out doing a lot of observational work recently as well so I'll try and get them up on here at some point too.

All drawings done using willow charcoal (proper thin willow charcoal too which my Mam and I found in an art shop in Aberdeen - yey!).

Friday, March 11, 2011

Life Drawing 11/03/11

I've been a terrible student of late and have not been attending life drawing this last fortnight (sorry Reinhard!) so today I sucked it up, dragged myself sleepily out of bed and trudged a weary walk to class this morning.  Low and behold I had an AWESOME day of life drawing and, although I didn't draw a single full pose, the studies I did were some of the best I personally think I've ever done.  Success!

Today was also review time so Reinhard took a look over my work and critiqued it.  He praised my ability to not only attempt to draw feet and hands, but to draw them so successfully and with a cumbersome medium such as charcoal.  He saw my tentative approaches with different media and colours so he suggested I maybe try ink if I feel like getting away from willow charcoal.  I hate the definitiveness of ink, but it might be a good idea to try sometime int he future.  I've always been saying I want to get away from charcoal... maybe next week.  

Overall Reinhard was very positive, and praised the whole class saying he was very lucky to have such skilled individuals to teach, which was an absolutely lovely thing to hear.  Thank you Reinhard!

Anyway, the length of each of today's poses are written next to them, and each drawing was done using willow charcoal.