Friday, 3 December 2010
Natasha was the model at the last Life Drawing Sunday morning session of the year. It was very cold, and on the advice of the tutor I was standing at an easel for the whole 3 hours. He was quite right, it did seem to go better like this.
The first three were warm up exercises in the dreaded elastic muslin tube. All are A2 drawn respectively in charcoal, conte and then chalk.
The next was a longer pose of almost an hour. This is again A2 size on brown wrapping paper, in chalk, charcoal and conte.
The final longest session was painted on 20" by 16" stretched canvas in Aletier Interactive acrylics. This is the piece I am most pleased with this term!
Sarah returned as the model to the last Life Drawing Class of the term. For the 4 warm-up poses she wore an elasticated muslin tube, which made it more like drawing a sculpture somehow.
The final drawing was an hour pose, and we were free to use any of the techniques used during the term. I chose charcoal, with a midtone laid down, and lifted off with the eraser for highlights and drawing in charcoal for the darks. I also chose to crop the model at the head and the feet.
The tutor was rather more impressed with the warm up exercises than the final piece!
On Tuesday 23 Nov the topic at Art Club was Copperware and vegetables - a still life. We don't own any copperware (hate cleaning it) so I took a sphleter statue of Aphrodite and an unripe undersized pumpkin. Don't ask what the connection is!
This is painted with St Petersburg White Nights watercolour paint on Bocking ford paper and measures approx 8" by 12". It really didn't go too well and the statue certainly needs a reddish glaze to correct the colouring.