There are those rare occasions when a figure drawing session yields a number of drawings that deserve the spotlight. This evening there were three 15 minute poses that turned out rather well. I think the difference is that Bruno (our host) instructed the model (or maybe the model suggested it?) to bring a costume and pose with it, or even to pose semi dressed, in addition to fully undressed. Somehow I always find a partially dressed model more exciting/evocative. Chromatically, too, the situation offers more hues to introduce into the drawing – or not. Because with art it isn’t what you say that makes the difference – it’s what you don’t say.
Three fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
A few of the four minute poses. Pastel chalk on toned drawing paper.
Some evenings are pure magic. This was one. What are the ingredients that made it so? I’m not entirely sure but I can say that a good model does make all the difference. The model tonight was a man I had never seen before (or since) but he was so good. How so? His poses were not particularly athletic yet he seemed to emanate a quiet self-acceptance, sitting, standing, crouching. He posed naked for the four minute poses but clothed for the longer fifteen minute ones. Due to the fact that he had clothes on, it gave me more colors and textures to work with. For lack of a real name I call him Tintin because he reminds me of that character from the Belgian comics.
Here below are three fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil highlighted by conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
Here are a few four minute poses. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.
A fruitful evening with a good model.
Four fifteen minute poses. One spotlighted above and three here below. Conté pencil on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
Three four minute poses. Charcoal on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.