Life drawing in a pub

Julian – 5

Do you ever feel that you have been doing the same thing over and over again, that a change is needed, and you would like to challenge yourself meeting new people. Well, this week, I had the chance to try a different life drawing experience. A different venue, a different group of artists, a pint of beer to start with and a pint after we finished. This week I went for a life drawing session at the Curfew, Bath.

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A fantastic life drawing session

Linea – 5

If you have been to more than one life drawing sessions, you have probably experienced exactly what I am going to talk about in this article. It is very true that not all life drawing sessions are equally successful and productive. There are many different parameters that can affect your performance. No matter what, my recommendation is to never give up. That’s the only way to keep learning and trust me; the next session could be the best one you have been so far!

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The benefit of giving yourself a break

Linea – 3

Part of the statement above, is a lie as I never actually stopped working with art. I did take a whole month off life drawing though. In the beginning it felt a bit naughty. Towards the end, I felt I was really missing it and I started lacking motivation for sketching anything else. It is true that life drawing classes give content and context to my work. Thankfully, I was able to attend the last session of the year!

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The importance of natural poses

Julian- 4

This life drawing session made me think the importance of drawing a pose that looks natural. Models can bend and stretch and settle in all sorts of poses. Depending on the result that the artist wants, strange poses might be useful. How easy is it though to capture those poses and plot them realistically on your paper?  This time we had the opportunity to explore life like poses as well as a slightly strange one.

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An “aesthetically NOT pleasing” drawing

Linea – 2

Although that was the exact words my tutor used to describe my long pose drawing – I am personally very pleased with the work produced. My confidence was further strengthened by the model’s quite motivating words. Keep reading about the last life drawing session below.

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Learning through short poses

Linea – 1

A balanced drawing session

This session was dominated by the model’s tranquility, her nice poses and balanced work behind the easel. After three weeks working with the same model (although he was very good) it was a pleasure to see someone new. With quite good mood, and following a very fun weekend I really enjoyed this life drawing session.

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Drawing the human figure, fast

Andrew – 3

The Beauty of  drawing fast

If you are one of those people who can’t spend too much time doing the same thing – you will totally relate with this story. This attitude follows me in my art; I admit that being static for too long and working on the same subject for ages is not my cup of tea. Something that became apparent in this recent life drawing session.  Same model and same pose for the 3rd week in a row. I really had to do something to entertain my self. Something that actually revealed a new attitude towards my drawing that I am going to follow from now on.

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How to use the Core Shadow

Andrew – 2

Despite not being able to focus 100% during this session, I got something very important out of it. I heard about the core shadow and got a small taste of how to use it. Starting the life drawing session feeling pressure and stress didn’t massively help, however I feel happy I managed to learn something new.

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Practice makes best

Andrew – 1

Practice actually helped

They say “practice makes best”, and today was proved this is absolutely right. After 2.5 months summer break, and a considerable amount of “homework”, I went back to the life drawing classes. With a new model and new poses, I had the chance to put in practice what I learned during our break. I was very pleased and I finished the class satisfied with my performance. Here is how these Tutorials helped me.

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Drawing loosely

Jane – 4

Finally loosened up

Date: 09/07/2018

Author: Iasonas Bakas

Time: 3h

 

Contents:

  • Step 1: Stepping on Object
  • Step 2: Pushing the Object
  • Step 3: Standing Pose
  • Step 4: Sitting Pose
  • Step 5: Long pose
  • Step 6: An extra one

 

Materials:

1. Charcoal Sticks
2. Kneadable Eraser
3. Measuring Needle, Pencil, Ruler or anything straight to measure proportions
4. A few blank sheets

What happened today?

This time I went to class about 10min late. This is enough for everyone to find their spots, to set up their easels and start drawing the first quick pose. This is the bit I missed; and I am so glad I missed it! The reason is I didn’t have time to set up my easel, I just sat down and immediately started drawing the quick pose loosely. This helped me a lot to avoid my usual “technical” sketches. I ll go through each on of the poses in detail below.

Step 1: Stepping on Object

The first pose (which was set up before I went to class) was quite interesting. The model (Jane) had her one knee bend on the object we were using last time. Her other leg was stretched, touching the floor. The interesting part of this pose was that the leg muscles were stretched and the models tummy and breast were hanging, offering some very well-defined shapes for us to draw. Another element that I found nice was the model’s hair, falling downwards covering part her of head and face. I worked on this one for about 3-5 min. (See the bottom right sketch of the following picture).

Step 2: Pushing the Object

The second short pose was again of interest for similar reasons as the previous one. Jane now was pretending to be pushing the object. To avoid sketching similar elements and perspective (and since I didn’t have an easel…) I just grabbed my drawing board and sat at another corner of the room. I found this one a bit trickier for some reason and that why I didn’t add too much detail. I am pleased though I managed to capture the flow of the lines and the general shape. (See the top figure of the picture above).

Step 3: Standing Pose

Main drive for this pose was to give Jane a small break. The previous poses were quite tiring for her so now our tutor chose something quite easy for the model. She was literally stood still looking straight and slightly upwards. I was sat at the same position. For me it was a good exercise looking at the model’s back. I think one of the next elements to study will be the spine and the shoulder blades. (See the bottom left sketch of the previous picture).

Step 4: Sitting Pose

The last short pose was a sitting one, not too different from the one we kept as a long pose. The model was literally just sat on the object. Her one hand was resting on her knee. The second arm, I couldn’t see at all. Here I think I sketched the head slightly too big, but again I was not too worried as these quick poses mainly served as a warm up for the long pose.

Step 5: Long pose

The model went back to last week’s long pose position. She was sat on the object with one foot touching the ground and the other one resting on the object. She had her hands “hugging” her knee.

As usually, I changed my position to give myself a chance to practice more with something new. This time I had a better view of the model’s side along with a relatively fine view of her back. I started sketching her back; took me some time to get the proportions right of the bits either side of the spine. The next element was her front leg and side. Once that was roughly sketched I tried to quickly sketch the front arm, before we went out for tea break.

After break, I roughly sketched the fingers and how they folded around the model’s knee. I spent some time sketching the second leg which I couldn’t quite understand as the other knee was in the way. Finally, I decided it was not worth spending ages getting the second leg absolutely perfect…I couldn’t see that well anyway.

I moved on adding tone. This step helped me avoid adding my contours (I added those recently). I managed to give volume to my sketch by adding shadows and tones. That was quite helpful to define planes and show what is in fornt of other bits.

The head is only roughly sketched just to complete the drawing.

Step 6: An extra one

I had ten minutes left before the end of the session. I knew that trying to improve my main drawing wouldn’t make much difference so I started a quick “dummy” sketch. I was inspired by our models pose for the bottom part of the body but then the upper structure literally emerged from my imagination. I d love being able to draw figures without looking at a model and I am so I happy I managed to this even the last few minutes of this session.

Brief Summary

Generally, a nice session. The biggest lesson learnt was that when you loosen up then this is translated into nice lines that flow on the paper. No attention to detail is required at that stage. Capturing the energy and movement of the model is enough! I hope you enjoy your painting and sketching!


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