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3D Art

11 Dec

<3D Art
3D Art
Originally uploaded by kathrynlinge

I threw away a heap of drawings when I left the UK. However, *some* of them – the ones drawn on butchers paper – I used as packing material in the boxes I shipped back to Aus.

This picture (graphite, slightly *odd* model) was unremarkable when it was first drawn, but now, crumpled and slightly blurred, it has a whole other dimension to it. I really like it now and it’s the first art I’ve put up in my house 🙂

(Note: I only used sticky tape to ‘hang’ it and picture has actually fallen down since taking this photo. I will resort next to packing tape!!)

Hardest! Pose! Eva!!

3 Oct

Lifedrawing 2/10/07

This is the 10 minute pose from last night. It was an unusual pose for 10 minutes – normally they’d be more dynamic, with the ‘floor’ poses reserved for longer poses later on. It was also an unusual pose (at least from my position) because the bodyshape is very different from normal. In most poses there will be markers – legs and arms – to define the shape. This body is mostly a vast expanse of back, which was actually quite alien to draw. It was a good challenge, although perhaps not one I was up to on the night. I was tired and the time restraints meant I was pretty slapdash. I think it turned out ok, although the hands are either quite stylised or a bit of a mess. I’m becoming used to going through an OMG This is a disaster!! moment halfway through almost every drawing I do, but I normally manage to turn it round – sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.

The model from last night was very drawable. She had a geat bum

In which G takes one for the team.

16 Sep

There’s a lot of responsibility in organising a life drawing group. You gotta turn up each week, you gotta book the room, book the model, take the money and buy the booze. You gotta fill in for the model if they don’t turn up…

The first time drawing companion (DC) and I turned up for the group was a bit surreal. We were a bit late and so we snuck in not really knowing what we were going in to. It didn’t help that the class was in session and they were drawing a fully dressed man. This wasn’t quite the nude we were expecting, but it soon transpired that this was in fact G-the-organiser filling in until the model turned up. Fortunately she did a couple of minutes later and the group went on as expected.

Fastforward to last week and DC’s last class. It seemed we come full circle, when once again the model was late and G started off with some poses in his jeans and jumper. Just like last time, he got his phone out mid pose and called the model. I thought he’d got through cos suddenly he’s off to the back room with a towel. ‘He’s getting ready for them’, I thought. Noooo… Within a few minutes G’s out again, with towel, but sans clothes. Apparently it’s not the first time he’s had to fill in, I hope he keeps the model’s money when he does…

Life drawing class 11th September 2007

Respect, G.

This is my 1 hour pose, which has a very good face, but a slightly distorted body. The arm’s not right. I actually like my 10 and 30 minute poses better

Life drawing. Update.

15 Sep

I’ve now been going to a Tuesday night life drawing group for about 10 weeks – pretty much the whole time I’ve been back in Perth. I’ve been really impressed at how constant my attendance has been – I’ve only missed one class (thanks to a Chemistry lecture I went to instead). It’s probably helped that I’ve had a drawing companion, and we’ve got into a routine of going to a cheapie-but-yum Japanese restaurant for dinner first, making it an altogether Top Night Out. Drawing companion, however, is about to move onto greener pastures and so it’ll be interesting to see how dedicated I am when I go by myself.

Despite the fact that this class doesn’t have a teacher, I do think I am learning. When you (I) first start learning to draw, there’s a lot of emphasis on not worrying about getting the lines right first time and Not Rubbing Out. In terms of loosening up and not being afraid to put lines on the page, it’s great advice. However, for me, it had pretty much got to the point where I couldn’t be bothered rubbing out lines, which meant I produce scribbley and relatively dark works. It’s not very hard for me to get the proprtions (more or less) right, scribble away, and produce something like this:

Life drawing class 21st August 2007

People in the class are usually quite complementary about them (perhaps they’re just being polite). However, for me it’s a rut and I then look a other people’s lighter and more delicate drawings and wonder How do they do that??. Anyway, after the 30 minute pose above, I was determined, suddenly, to really truly give it ago. To think about where I put my lines, and how hard I pressed and – most importantly – to not be lazy and use my eraser when needed. So, in the one hour pose I chose the lightest pencil I had on me, used my eraser, and produced this:

Life drawing class 21st August 2007

This, I think, is the best picture I’ve drawn in the class so far. It was about three or four weeks ago and, while I’ve tried to emulate the style in the one hour poses since then, I don’t like them as much as this. Being minimalist is really hard!! (for me, anyway)

I guess the other thing I’ve learnt is use the time you have. It is perfectly possible to draw a whole person in 10 minutes. Taking the time to slow down and complete the picture in 30 minutes or even an hour takes a bit of discipline – certainly at first. I’m getting better at knowing how quickly I need to draw to finish a 30 minute pose and an hour pose without looking at a clock. It’s all about practise.

(Next step? Working on a drawing for several hours, over a period of time. I’ve already done this once, but it’s time for more, me thinks)

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19 Jul

Ecstacy
Ecstacy
Originally uploaded by kathrynlinge

  1. Lifedrawing
    I have found myself a new lifedrawing group, and have attended the last two weeks. It’s a bit different from the class I was doing in the UK, as it’s not a class per se. There’s no teacher – you just turn up, draw for a bit, and go home. There’s a couple of disadvantages to that. Firstly, if you’re doing something wrong, you kinda have to work out what that is by yourself. There doesn’t seem to be *so* much exploration of alternative media – mostly people seem to be using pencil/charcoal and I think it could be easy to get into a rut where you turn up every week, do the same thing as last time, then leave again. I’m going to try and set different exercises for each class and I decided in the class this week (on Tuesday) that I’d try and concentrate on drawing heads and faces. Most of my efforts were pretty crap, but I’ll keep practicing.There’s a couple of advantages too, though. Firstly, it’s really really frigging cheap! $7 for 2.5 hours, plus a glass of wine (red) or oj. Also, I’m not locked into any sort of course so i can attend or not as I like. Everyone seems very nice too and there’s a good spread of people attending. The picture featured here was from my ‘Head and Faces’ class, but the head wasn’t really obvious from my spot so I went for the whole body instead.

    This group is my first foray into the ‘art community’ here in WA. I look forward to finding stuff out.

  2. Comics
    When I got my new computer, it came with a program called ‘Comic Life’, which allows you to make up comics from photos, etc, etc. Never did I think that I’d actually use it, so I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to do so 🙂
  3. Book
    Oh, yeah. And Ben Peek’s new book Black Sheep is now out. I have plans to read it in about 2.3 books time…

Scandal! (at art class)

23 Feb

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I was shocked – nay I was morally outraged on Wednesday night when the model slipped off her robe and revealed that she still had her pants[1] on!! Entirely hypocritical given – Yo! – I’m not getting my kit off any time soon (if nothing else, the pay is crap) and she was still very drawable, pants and all. But for that split second, I was really and unexpectedly mad that the nude wasn’t nude.

Otherwise, though, great class. We did two quick 10 minutes pics (mine in oil pastel) and then spent a good couple of hours (probably) on a single sustained pose. I took the opportunity to do some more acrylic work and I’m really pleased with the result (see above). Initially the shading on the back was very patchy, as I was trying to blend the tones to get a single smooth colour, but then the tutor suggested I try blocks of tone to reflect the flat background I’d already adopted. This was much better – the body is becomes composed of shapes, which are slightly abstract (‘landscape’ was mentioned). I only changed my approach, though, in last 20 minutes so the paint work is messier than I’d like – and the tones on the leg were just wrong (so I chopped it off in the pic!). However, recent work (which shall be revealed soon) has demonstrated that I can paint neat so I’m looking forard to trying this style again.

Speaking of scandals, there’s another that I’ve been meaning to expose for months:

Models Move

Like, all the time!! Some move more than others, but they all move. It’s understandable, but it does mean that you’re never gonna get an exact representation of the model. But that’s ok because that shouldn’t be the point anyway

[1] AKA underwear, undie, knickers, etc.

Graeme (note doorhandle in the corner)

7 Nov

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I’m really pleased with this picture and really should write a post explaining the process that got me here (it involved garden stakes). Maybe I’ll do a double whammy after tomorrow’s class – right now I’m too tired.

I’m still displaying pics around the house – there’s more of Graeme on the upstairs bedroom door. My house is becoming a series of temporary art galleries 🙂

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(I can’t believe the class is into its second half as of tomorrow – it’s going so fast! I’m almost certainly going to enrol again.)

Lifedrawing

23 Oct

I started a lifedrawing class 2 weeks ago – every Wednesday 6.30 til 9.15 pm. I had high hopes that I’d post about it regularly, but the first weekend I was sick in bed and last weekend I kinda forgot…

This post will try to make up for that.

I’m really enjoying the class, but it was intimidating walking in the first time. At least half the class have been going for quite a while – it felt a bit cliquey and the feeling was probably compounded by the fact that our tutor was away and we had a stand in who didn’t know who anyone was either. I was glad that I’d had the two years of classes beforehand (including some lifedrawing) otherwise I might have been quite overwhelmed! Anyway, once we got drawing it was fine and both that tutor and our real tutor are lovely. Both classes have followed the usual pattern – start off with a series of very short poses – 5 or 10 minutes at the most. Then onto longer poses, with the last of the night usually being about an hour or so. Being at the university is different than doing the courses through adult education. Firstly, the standard is higher (i think!) And it seems a bit more.. avant garde. New terms are being used – like ‘narrative’ and ‘tension’ (and others I can’t remember… :-/) and there’s definitely a sense that we’re not just thinking about the mechanics of drawing, we’re also thinking about composition and intent and, er, stuff (am still learning about this).

Our first tutor suggested we stuck up our art once we got home so we could think about our work. Mine lay rolled up for a couple of weeks – until yesterday when I hung it up on the lounge room door (so I won’t ruin the new paint job on the walls!).

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This only includes the longer pieces. I have probably another 5 or 6 sheets of the quicker drawings too, which means I’m accumulating paper at a rate of knotts. I’ll porbably have to chuck out stuff in the long run.

We’ve had the same model for the past two weeks – Clare. My favorite thing about Clare is her hair – it’s short and curls about her ears. It makes her seem like a pixie. So far I’ve only worked in pencil or charcoal and overall I’m pretty pleased with the results.

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I’ve been concentrating of drawing what I see – it’s a limitation of mine that I almost always end up trying to reproduce exactly what I see. However, it’ll be interesting to see how it goes this week. We’ll have a new model – Graeme – and I’m planning to try some stuff with pen and ink, which should be a lot more fluid and impressionistic. We’ll see.

Nekkid Leydies

24 Jun

I am surrounded by pictures of nude women right now. Or, specifically, many pictures of one nude woman which I drew in my class this morning (so it’s really not that scandalous after all). I have done three life drawing classes now and they’re one of my favorite things. They’re always quite intense – lots of quick drawing in relatively short periods of time. The class flies past at an amazing rate! Having a time limit is a great way to loosen up and stop worrying so much about putting in the perfect line first time. I accepted some time ago that I’ll never put in the perfect line first time so I’m quite happy to scribble away, without thinking too much. A lot of my other classmates are much more careful though. Today I was really very relaxed about it all and I’ve ended up with some crazy pictures. None of which I’m photographing for the blog becasuse I can’t quite decide if they’re so crazy they’re good or if they’re just crazy.

Anyway, we started off with quick poses (2 or 5 minutes), executed loosely in different colours to capture tone (this is the theory at least!):
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These short poses are all instinct – there’s no time to think about what you intend to do – or even to really work out if you’re drawing in proportion.

In longer poses (15 minutes), there’s time to check proportions, although this often results (for me) in less successful pictures than the really quick ones. I have too much time to think!

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(This one’s ok – though I didn’t put the final black in until the very last minute, when I discovered I’d drawn her arm in the wrong position!)

We also did longer (15-20 minute) poses in charcoal and pastel and this is where I really went crazy. I think the problem with 20 minutes is that it’s not long enough. There’s enough time to go past the quick instinctual poses, but not enough time to think really deliberately about what you want to do. As a result I just end up scribbling for the whole time, which leads to more lines/colour on the paper, but perhaps not much else.

This is a good example:

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Now I really like this picture – but it’s not accurate – her waist should be much longer than it is and her breast is massive! The red tone has been put on pretty much randomly (the white does represent highlights on the body). One thing I’ve learnt today is that if I’m not really careful I do just draw arms and legs (and bodies) of some idealised woman that I seem to carry in my head. The same proportions come out time and time again – and unfortunately they’re not the same as the model we were drawing! Again – I need to work on relationships to be able to identify and correct this.

I’m happy that I’ve produced a nice picture, but I’d rather it was less random and more deliberate – that I’d actually thought about what colour was going where and not just put it down on a whim. To a certain extent I did start doing this during my last picture, which we got 25 minutes to do, and which I’ve not photographed yet as I stuck it in my portfolio last minute (I left a pages free for something from this class). But it was still too rushed to feel like I could calm down and really think things through.

Getting the right balance between ‘looseness’ and deliberation is quite difficult.

Art Class

27 May

Today we had a portrait model in. His name was Brian.

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Brian is not finished. He has no eyes, for example. He should be finished by next class, however, as I’ve learnt we’re going to be invigilated again for out certificate. It was actually a bit of a shock when Brian walked into class today, as it isn’t the first time I’ve met him.

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Yep – I drew all of him late last year in a 1-day life drawing workshop. i was quite happy with my picture of him at the time, although now i tihnk it’s a bit pastel or candy colour. He’s not really defined enough. (I should have picked different colour sugar paper at the least). That workshop does still represent the longest amount of time i’ve spent on one piece in one go. It was a really good day.

I only had about 2.5 hours painting Brian this morning and finishing will be a challenge, as I don’t have a proper desk – let alone an easel to do it on. Perhaps I could get one cheap somewhere.