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Tonight's Life Drawing

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Practice makes perfect :0) Really pleased with these drawings. Except for
the fact i still cant really do proportion or foreshortening.
Hey, it's better than drinking when you're single on v-day!
15th Feb 2008, 01:36   | tags:

the middle one is good, where are you drawing the ladies from ?

15th Feb 2008, 09:18

jc1000000 says:

thanks! that means something coming from you! i just found all these different life drawing classes via meetup.com - each have their own different take - some are free for alls and others are more structured.

the site rulez - cinema groups, blogging, book clubs - cant get enough of it.

15th Feb 2008, 15:20

jc1000000 says:

top one is my fave though - i actually find crumpled clothe outlines easier to draw

15th Feb 2008, 15:23

OJ says:

Interesting. You can certainly draw better than I can.

Funny that your model is semi-clothed though. I take it she was wearing those clothes in the class?

I briefly did some life-modelling as a student (many years ago now) and the rule I was told was that you never undress or appear semi-clothed in front of the class: that that was the line between stripping - and therefore titillating - and life modelling. It made sense to me.

15th Feb 2008, 15:32

jc1000000 says:

To be honest with you, that's true, this model was quite unusual in that respect - she insisted on dictating all the poses and styles - it was abit unexpected and i was worried it was going to become seedy. I went and asked her about it after and she said that she felt it would inspire more ideas and she hoped it might inspire impressionism.

In a way it sorta did - these pics are totally different from my last set which were full nudes in more static/conventional poses.

Personally at the risk of sounding dodgy these pics were way more fun to do, the poses more interesting and more in line with personal drawing ambitions. I'm less interested in just accurate 'reporting' - i'd like to capture a mood or a message, something more active. Standard poses are always a bit joyless.

I dunno if you ever read erotica, but basically the fine line between good writing and bad is that bad writing focusses on a general sauciness/taboo whereas good focusses on sensual details, moment by moment. It was Anais Nin's Delta of Venus that got me thinking about art and sex - it's a sexy book, but it's about love rather than sex.

So then that got me thinking that the kinda life drawing i want to do is to capture one detail and get that across - pose, or nape or whatever. So each of these pictues starts from one particular detail and the picture grows from it - in each case it was the gap between body and where the arm starts to cross it.

15th Feb 2008, 15:56

OJ says:

How strange (edit: of the model to dictate that). There is something a little Toulouse Lautrec in her poses here.

I really like the sitting nude in your other set - there's something quite real about that one, with a hint of emotion. There is something a little more distancing about the fact that your model here is obviously posing/acting out rather than just being.

15th Feb 2008, 16:51

afternoon says:

These are definitely more "interesting" than the other set, although I do quite like the collage bits. This is more like fashion, which IMHO a hotbed of reinvention and ideas and general coolness. Take David Lachapelle for example.

I completely agree with you on sex vs sensuality.

4th Mar 2008, 00:06