Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Life in November

 I've gone back to basics at my recent life sessions and am sticking with charcoal and chalk for the time being.  I have enjoyed the dramatic lighting although models being lit from below brings its own challenges as its not the usual way of seeing the figure - thats probably a good thing, draw what you see and not what you know etc., but its not always that flattering.  It seems its mainly fellas at the moment too but I dont have a problem with that.  I've been a bit slack with the posting recently but have been putting the hours in at the easel and drawing board.




 


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Just off the easel

This one just went well from start to finish.  Maybe I'll do another eleven and make a calendar.
Charcoal on paper, 50 x 65cm

Monday, 1 November 2010

Life, the Sketchbook and a Present

Not had too much time to blog recently but have managed a few scribbles and daubs over the last few weeks. 

Yesterdays life workshop with Andy, a really excellent model who threw himself into some very challenging poses.  Holding one knee for 2 hours or so without slouching.....I think the yoga helps but even so.....the others are 10 mins and 20 mins




A portrait of a lovely model Natalie, done over three weeks in a total of about 5-6 hours.  I'ts not entirely finished and has a few issues, not least due to the ever changing light in the studio but it was a good exercise from life.
 

A piercing stare from the sketchbook...


 
...and a Gothic Lolita which is potential subject matter for further exploration and experimentation.

 Finally a gift of a portait from a photograph that took my fancy.  Its a friends wife in costume at a Greek themed dinner party - a bit of fun in pastel and quite large at 22" x 30".  They seem to be very pleased with it, phew!