Julian – 5
Do you ever feel that you have been doing the same thing over and over again, that a change is needed, and you would like to challenge yourself meeting new people. Well, this week, I had the chance to try a different life drawing experience. A different venue, a different group of artists, a pint of beer to start with and a pint after we finished. This week I went for a life drawing session at the Curfew, Bath.
For those thinking that the model was posing nude in the middle of the pub, this is not the case. When I arrived, I was welcomed at the bar by the model himself and another artist. I had a short chat with them, before finishing my beer and going upstairs, where the life drawing session would be hosted. The “studio” was a small but very nicely decorated pub function room. I felt very comfortable instantly as I had worked with Julian (model) previously.
The session was by far the most efficient I have ever been to. We started with 5 short poses, 2 minutes each. The timing was very strict with a warning 10 seconds before the end of each pose. The model was left to decide the poses which saved a lot of time and discussion. Then we did a 15 minutes lying pose, before we moved on to the long 1 hour sitting pose.
Warming up with quick poses
The five poses are below. I had no time for shading or any details. I only worked on capturing the gesture of the pose. I am generally quite happy with the result. I found it quite challenging but also motivating to work focused. This quick exercise was very helpful in terms of concentrating on the model and using previous knowledge on human anatomy. They are all drawn with charcoal.
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Before we move on to the long pose, the facilitator of the session asked the model to take a pose for 15 minutes. The model lied on a small sofa with one leg hanging of the furniture touching the floor and the other folded and looking up. The one arm was over the model’s chest and the other supporting his head. This pose was not incredibly difficult, however it took me some time to get my head around so I ended up adding no tone or details. Quite useful preparation for the long pose though.
The long pose
Finally, we had an hour to draw a sitting pose. It was quite a natural pose and at an interesting angle. The model sat on the same sofa with his arms crossed in front of his chest. I spend about 30 minutes sketching this pose on my small sketch pad using a simple pen. My normal sketch pad is quite big and unfortunately no easels or big enough surfaces were available. I got tired of using the big pad after a while.
After finishing my first sketch I decided to re-draw the same thing, but much faster and less carefully. This drawing took me about 10 minutes. It was more of an expression of energy rather than an attempt to draw something beautiful. I like the comparison of the two.
Finally, the last few minutes of the session I decided to draw two quick portraits. Again these are far from detailed or carefully drawn, however they catered for my need for expression and letting a pen do its own thing on the paper!
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