The model tonight was a regular, but one I personally had not seen in awhile. In the interim a brunette became a blonde. She’s a good model, with lots of nice tattoos.
Anyway, a good night. I was reminded while drawing of footage I had seen recently of surfers attempting a 25 foot wave off the coast of Portugal. They insisted that the only way to attempt something so massive was to become one with the ocean: that when that sense of oneness slipped away, things tended to go wrong.
I would say that the same is true with figure drawing (only it’s much less dangerous). Feeling connected to the model, the chalk, the paper and what is happening on it, the music, the other people in the room: it’s all one experience which, most especially when I forget myself, tends to go well. So, for me, drawing is not about taking credit, rather its about getting the me out of the way and letting experience itself speak.
Here below five fifteen minute poses. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in. Conté crayon touched up with conté pencil on tinted Canson pastel drawing paper.
Three four minute poses. 35 x 50 cm. or 13.75 x 19.75 in. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper.
Your work inspires me to draw more fluently and spontaneosly…I dont know if you draw slowly or with fast strokes, but I see a free and natural work.
My best wishes from Mexico.
Hi Bob, Thanks for your comment. Yes, I draw in a very fluid style. Light, quick and searching, usually with circular rotations. Once the figure starts to appear on the page I begin to introduce highlights and shadows. Because of the structure of these sessions, I only have 15 minutes at best.