Sunday, 8 May 2011
Life drawing class with Neil Moore.
I decided to treat myself to a life drawing class with Neil Moore in Shottery yesterday. (There's a posting on the village of Shottery here; it's most famous as being the childhood home of Ann Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare.)
I like to draw people and put them in paintings and recently, into textiles, but usually I work from photos. This is because a photo can catch those expressions of surprize, delight, horror, anger etc that are so fleeting, and no amount of posing by a model can get that instant true moment of body language. Currently, I have a plan to paint a portrait of someone sucking lemons...how could you persuade anyone to hold that pose for the hours it takes me to paint a portrait?
However, I also like drawing, and want to be better at it. It's processes are very satisfying and absorbing, and the most difficult for me, is without a doubt, life drawing.
As I mentioned, some poses are very difficult for the model to hold, so you have to be quick in order to capture it. With a bit of luck, this gives a looseness and spontaneity to a drawing.
So here's my efforts by way of said encouragement!
No matter what classes you go to, you will always be with people that have much better drawing skills than yourself, but don't let lack of confidence or perceived inablitiy put you off.
There was only one occasion where we were invited to look at others work, and that was after one of the quick left handed poses, but if you prefer not to share, I'm sure this would be ok. I confess to being a corner lurker myself.
The image on the left was done with my left hand (I'm right handed) and holding a rollerball pen at the very end between one finger and a thumb. The pen wasn't taken off the paper at any point, and the object was to keep going without stopping.
I think the proportions for left handed poses have come out better than the one's I did right handed which is intriguing.
More rollerball pen wobbles!
We also had a chance to do longer poses (about half an hour). I'd taken some gessoed newspaper, and used markal sticks and water colour for the one on the left.
This was an attempt at removing charcoal from paper using a rubber to get the image, but I don't think I put enough charcoal on to start with. It was quite hard work.
And this one, which I liked best. I love this pose and wish I'd used my camera so I could use this for a textile piece.
I needed prompting to get the legs right as I'd made them far too fat, and I despair that I didn't see this for myself, but hey ho, I'm getting better I think.
at May 08, 2011