Poses drawn sitting down, which i'd prefer not to do but there were no easels!!
20 minute poses - charcoal on paper
10 minute poses - charcoal on paper
5 minute poses - charcoal on paper
This time it's pencil... an interesting exercise... we had to draw the outline of the figure without taking our pencil off the paper... (!) ... i think this was a half hour pose... quite exhausting to be honest!
One with of linseed oil and I am transported back to 1992, in the art department at King's Canterbury, painting rocks on a truly awful Dali inspired monstrosity... I read something somewhere - a quote from someone of some artistic repute - where they said you always have your taste, but your skills have to catch up with it. Sorry darling but that's absolute rubbish. You taste evolves as you grow. If i had the same (lack of) taste I had when I was 18..... sheesh.. what a nightmare...
Anyway... today I'd like to think my taste has evolved in the last quarter century!
From today's figure drawing class.... Oil on paper, 1 hour pose.
The next project I have my sights set on is a series of portraits of Luchadoras - female Mexican wrestlers. This continues my work on 'non-conventional' forms of beauty, what it means to be 'feminine'.... And my general fascination with people who are outside of the mainstream... (in other words - people I find interesting!)
During my research I found this short doc (12 min) which shows you some of them in action. Totally fantastic! Have a look! www.shortoftheweek.com/2017/01/05/luchadora/
Not only did this book get a decent review - they even (favourably!) mentioned my cover artwork. Which was nice. (I should probably get around to reading this one day - it's apparently rather good)...
You can buy it on Amazon here (kindle / print / etc)
So, umm, I got bored. And it turned out I have a friend who gets bored, too. And, well, you know, we both think we're funny. Then this happened. The 'Readers' Wives' Facebook page.
basically we make a bunch of obscene and completely immature memes, bastardising much loved children's stories and the like.
If you ask me, it's pretty funny. But some might find it offensive... so, be warned.
I knew it had been a long time since I'd done any figure drawing, but it only really hit me when I turned my phone on to 'silent'. Mobile phones didn't exist last time I did this! Now I'm doing it every Thursday and I love it. I used to think that figure drawing was the closest experience I had to meditation. I'm not sure that's accurate but certainly time seems both stretched to eternity and over before you know it... which is a bit odd. Anyway here are some pics... these ware painted with acrylic, using a brush taped to the end of a broomstick. 10 min poses.
And these are my first ink drawings! For some reason I had never used ink before. It's great! 10 min poses.
Clue's in the title. Yes, between the torrential rains this weekend we made our way through a dozen or so galleries. Not as good as last year to be honest but not as bad as my obnoxious cartoon below.
Perhaps the most fun we had was making our way from gallery to gallery... At least, I had fun photographing Andrea every second block...