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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Figure Drawing Session


At yesterday's figure drawing session, my attempt at black paper and chalk failed miserably.Lack of contrast being one reason-- the only light that we had was reflected greyish daylight coming from the big windows coupled with two or three overhead fluorescent lights. Not really dramatic!....I switched to a more versatile medium, my colour pencils.And last two sketches were done in these- about 30 minutes each.
You are right about this being a tough job for these guys who pose for us.This guy is probably new to the job; not really used to it.He has a cute face;looks like' Hagrid' of Harry Potter because of his size and wavy long hair.He does seem a bit shy, keeps shifting, can't hold a pose comfortably for more than 15 minutes.The skinny guy in my last pose was a pro.He gave poses without prompting, sat through them in a very relax manner and even came to each of us, checking our progress - time to time...It takes guts! :)

12 comments:

  1. Can't imagine such sessions in India!
    Nice job on both the sketches, Arti :)

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  2. Arti, I love hearing about, and seeing the results of, your sessions with live models.

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  3. Hi Arti, I know what you mean about lighting. I used to do life studies under multiple fluorescent lights and it was almost impossible to get decent shadows in the drawing. You are doing really well though. I'm so pleased for you. These look great.

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  4. It is hard to establish good lighting in a studio with other artists focusing on the model too. The lighting to see the drawing surfaces will interfere. Some of the light has to be ignored. Some of the shadows need to be invented, to focus on what is most important in each pose.

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  5. Beautiful work, Arti! But then that comes as no surprise to me. I wonder if the heavier gentleman is uncomfortable because he is nude or because of his age/size/health. I know I couldn't do it, ever. Even when I was young and skinny you couldn't have paid me enough to pose nude. LOLOL

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  6. Beautiful sketches, Arti. Ciao!

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  7. You are right,Ramesh.I consider myself lucky to have stumbled into this group.

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  8. Kathryn,john, Hilda and Tito..I am so pleased that you guys cared enough to leave comments on my humble first steps in life drawing.Thank you.

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  9. You are right, Tony.I need to improvise on whatever I have got.

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  10. Really a tough job, Sherry.You are without clothes and so many people around are studying each and every contour of your body;thinking of you as an object...sometimes I dont even like it but then, its an important part of being an artist.

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  11. Hey this must have been a great experience. You have a lovely group of artist friends there i think. All the best.

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