This afternoon was challenging. I had a tough time drawing the first model, she was doing a great job, I wasn’t. It took up till the last couple poses to figure out how to draw her. The same thing happened the other day with the muscular male model, some days drawing comes easier than others. You can see what I mean, the one drawing below didn’t work well at all.
I tried colour washing a page and using some pastel on it but ran out of time. I’ll try it again, and it made me realize how much I miss working with pastels. That will definitely be on my list for when I get home.
The second session was with two models. I like life drawing with two models, their interactions help figure out proportion and limb placement. I don’t know if these two had worked together before or not, but they really didn’t take advantage of that aspect of working together.
There were a couple good poses but many of them were a bit static. I ended up just drawing the male model for a couple of poses, the light was good for seeing muscles in his back, so that was my focus. Backs are hard to draw, they tend to be big rather flat expanses without a lot of detail, the lines and shapes meed to be just right to capture the ‘feel’ of a back. Not always easy to do but I was finally happier with a couple of my drawings.
I drew on the metro again today. It is getting easier to do, some times the person sitting beside me watches, but they don’t say anything and they aren’t really obvious about watching me. I am usually concentrating so hard that I don’t really even notice. I have to be careful though, I almost missed my stop twice when I was drawing!
These lovely tomatoes were at my fruit and veggie store. Hard to decide which ones to buy.
I have had a couple bad nights, I wasn’t able to get to sleep until after 3:00 last night, but at least I didn’t dream about dead people or bones or cemeteries or….
Hope to do better tonight, it isn’t much fun being so tired.
Must have been something in the atmosphere last night. We also were awake until about 3. I can easily imagine missing a stop with your focus of concentration. The faces were your best work. The display of vegetables evokes a lovely still life.