Thursday, July 7, 2011
Life Drawing Session 10 - The Moving Hold
Another visit to La Grande Chaumière, and another awesome session!
Firstly, this was an evening session, and so when the sunlight started to die down, on came the stage lights and BAM, high contrasting shadows appeared over the model's forms - I find it so much easier to 'see' when there are big variations in tone...it encourages me to use the tone to create the forms in my drawings, as opposed to using line, which is what so often happens when the lighting's really flat...
Secondly, the model brought her own interpretation of the 'moving hold' :)
At the start of each pose, she would slowly start moving - arms gracefully extending out, then around and back... head tilting one way, then the other..... hips rotating....
It was if she was 'discovering' the pose, waiting for that moment for something to 'click', like a burglar breaking into a safe.
Everyone had their medium's poised over their papers, sweat beads slowly traveling down their brows, anticipating the first mark. When she appeared to have stopped, pencils touched down..But...oh wait... she hasn't found it yet! lol
The poses themselves were great (when they eventually established themselves), and the degree of difficulty in holding them was pretty high, which actually meant that they never finished exactly how they started ;)
I had no objections to this - being used to drawing people out and about on the street where nobody stands still for even a second, her movement seemed non-existent.
For one disgruntled fellow next to us it was too much however. Even with my headphones on, I heard him slam is sketchbook shut, pack up his belongings as noisily as possible, huffing and puffing.... and he stormed out with maybe 45min left, "Elle bouge tout le temps!"
I would much rather have an interesting pose that moves slightly, than draw a perfectly held, bog-standard seated or standing pose...
And the last thing; I ran out of my usual paper, so I took along a load of 15 field animation paper. Jokingly before the session started, we said how I could animate the model, "ho ho"... 0_0
Maybe next time, I'll take my peg bar! :P
And some Place Des Vosges Sketches thrown in for good measure :) Keep checking Adrian Maganza's blog to see if he puts up his sketches from our little sketch sesh - they were AWESOME! (No pressure Dude! :P)
'Till the Next
Minutes: 20, then 5s
at 4:54 PM