Life drawing 11/01/15

December shimmied past without a hint of artistic nudity, so it wasn't until we were well into January that I managed to get over to Edinburgh for some life drawing. My god, to think there was a time I used to do this weekly! Now I can barely manage a month. Better than none at all, but it makes it hard to progress, to experiment, at any more than a glacial pace.

So, female model this time around, strong curves and good dynamic quick poses made for some satisfying charcoal sketches:

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2 mins, charcoal
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2 mins, charcoal
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2 mins, charcoal

Getting there, if verrrrry slowly. Following the same pattern of the last few sessions (a rut? or reliable?) I broke out the oil paints for slightly longer poses and they worked quite nicely – I was particularly pleased with these two:

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10 mins, oil paint
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10 mins, oil paint

For a change, I kept the oil paints out for the longest pose of the day at the end – practically, it's a risky move since it means the painting will still be very wet while I'm travelling back home, but it's satisfying to use the oils for a larger and more sustained piece than the above A5 painted sketches. I stuck with the same colour scheme of naples yellow, ochre and burnt sienna, plus some white, and focused on the top half of the model to try and capture that sense of a voluptuous figure at rest. And while I think it could've done with another hour or two to do it justice (I'm particularly frustrated with how the shadows turned out) I think it's basically there.

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35 mins, oil paint

I'm glad I stuck with the oils for the longer pose, even though there was some inevitable smudging on the way home, and might try and do the same again next time – especially if I can fashion some kind of device for carrying wet paintings without getting smudged. The fact I'm using canvas paper, rather than boards or box canvases, makes it that bit trickier, but here's a homemade option worth exploring. A large pizza delivery box might be the answer, but would that leave my work with a peculiar whiff of oregano? And would that be so bad?

(As usual, to see all of the work from the session I didn't destroy, pop over to Flickr and start from here).

Life drawing 30/11/14

*blows away dust*

*blows away more dust*

*uses jet turbine to shift final layer of dust*

Time to catch up on the last, er, four months. Quite what's caused such a hefty gap, well, that's to come in a future post, but for now here's the best of a life drawing from the arse end of November.

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2 mins, charcoal

As with October, I took inspiration from Henry Yan's fast work with the short poses, working again with a thick stick of Derwent XL charcoal. Working with a muscular male figure, rather than a curvaceous female figure, forced a change of method.

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2 mins, charcoal
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2 mins, charcoal

And again, just like October, I broke out the oil paints for the slightly longer poses. This was the best of the three:

 

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15 mins, oil paint

(You can snap that one up for £50, if you like.)

As to the grand 45 minute finale, a bit of a damp squib sadly РI went for a white and black Conté pastel on black sugar paper, but overkilled the tone. Should you be interested, it's over here. So, not a classic of a session by any stretch, mistakenly trying to make what worked the previous session fit again, although that 15 minute oil painting rather saved the day.

The soundtrack? Alas, it's been too long and I honestly couldn't say. December passed by without life drawing (this still keeps happening too often) so next post will have January's session. Onwards to 2015!