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Life Class Drawings

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Figure Drawing at Post Road Art

Some good and bad this week. And, boy, does 3 hours of drawing take it out of you. As is common the later drawings were more successful and the final 30 minute one above actually has hands and feet that are recognisable. No real tricks here - just improvement based on practice and observation.

So let’s have a run through. First the quick 2 minute sketches.

It’s surprising how much you can get down in two minutes. A lot of these have the general pose captured which is good to see. However if it starts out wrong all is lost and two minutes is too short to recover.

Next the 5 minuters:

Apparently there was only one of these which may mean I misannotated the drawings but anyway - I had trouble from the outset here and didn’t manage to get much down. Never say I only show the good stuff.

Now the 10 and 15 minuters :


Not too bad. A little stilted and I’m struggling with proportions still but I’m fairly pleased.

And the final 30 minute one.

All in all a good night’s work and some time after for some wine.

Life Class - The Cold Light of Day

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Life Class Drawing. Michele Clamp. Conte pencil on newsprint.

The last life class was a little frustrating. The pencil didn’t move quite how I wanted and the outcome wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. This time was different and I felt everything was going really well. When I came to look again at the results this morning, however, I had a bit of a shock. Someone had come in overnight and replaced my beautifully nuanced gestural drawing with a set of badly proportioned, overworked, scribbles. So it goes. Sometimes it happens. Let’s see some evidence.

First some 2 minuters.

Just loosening up really. Our model was really great. Some really good poses and the way she varied her head angle really added interest.

Next some fives and 10s. this one I think was the best page of the night even though they’re only a 5 and a 10 minute pose.

Life drawing. Michele Clamp. Conte pencil on newsprint.


There’s some nice nuance in the lines here and flow to the poses. Even the hands and feet aren’t too shabby.

Some more 5 and 10s.

Next a couple of 15s.

Ok I suppose. As you can see I’m failing completely to capture any sense of a likeness in the face. They all look like completely different people.

Next the best one of the longer poses :

Life drawing. Michele Clamp. Conte pencil on newsprint.

This one has the best sense of the balance of the pose and the light. The hands are dealt with sparsely but descriptively. Yes - happy with this one.

And the final, long pose of the night. At the time I was very pleased with this but sadly disappointed when I came back to it.

And finally our glorious leader Andrew Cefalu. Terrible likeness again but the drawing has some life to it.

Life Class Drawing

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Figure Drawing. Michele Clamp

Life class yesterday with Andrew Cefalu.  Always a good time even though I find it exhausting.  We also had home made cookies which I shall remember to stay a long distance from next time.

I took the watercolors along but didn’t use them in the end.  I didn’t really get into the flow and everything was a little stodgy.  Adding watercolor to the mix would have ended in tears and nobody wants that.

We started with some 2 minute gestures.

 

I felt pretty good at this stage. The pencil was moving well and my arm felt free. Also our model was superb and did some wonderfully interesting poses.

Next onto 10 minute sketches.

These were ok apart from two disastrous attempts at the foreshortened pose.

And finally a set of 15 minute poses :

Looking back at these this morning they don’t seem too bad but I had come away disatisified at the end of the session. Too much focus on the face in most cases and some frankly embarrassing feet were in evidence. I will definitely be back in two weeks hopefully with some serious hand and foot practice under my belt.

Life Class

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Back to life classes this week.   It felt good to be back although things were as difficult as always.





A tricky pose and one I wouldn't pick normally.  But that's the thing about life classes  - you paint what's in front of you.




A few warm up poses.








Charles Reid Workshop 2015 - Day 8

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People today (no more flowers thank God) and we got to paint nude models.   Charles was very wary of this and said we'd need all the luck we could get which shows you the amount of confidence he has in us.

This is mine - I went further than I would usually do with all the drapery and stuff which is probably too much but I didn't care at that point.

It's hard painting in workshops and I feel overly inhibited from trying much that's new so everything is overly tentative.  It's worth coming to watch Charles paint however.

This is Charles' painting of the first pose.

And this is his painting of the second pose.

Some of the bad stuff - life class

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I post almost everything I do.  The odd doodle doesn't make it and there was a spate of truly awful stuff last summer that never made it in but on the whole there's no filter.    After a really bad life class I was just going to bin these and forget about it but I thought I'd put them here so they're on the record.   Actually at the back of my mind I'm intending to use these as examples of how not to do things when I finally get round to teaching.  These will be perfect.

Nothing came together in this session.  Couldn't draw,  couldn't paint,   had trouble 'seeing' things.  It was very frustrating.

Life Class Wednesday.

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First time painting since the 30 in 30 finished and this was tough.   Class started with some blind contour drawing (which I hate) and I couldn't get into the groove when we moved to 'real' painting.  In the end things didn't turn out so badly.




Life Class and Day 22 of 30 in 30

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If it's Wednesday it must be life class night.    This was a 15 minute pose towards the end of the session.   Unusually for me the paintings got better as the class went on.


We started with some gestures but this is the first of the longer (15 min) poses.


Another 15 minuter.


And the last of the day which was 30 minutes but looks shorter.


Life Class and Day 15 of 30 in 30

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I was going to do a separate painting but in the end I decided to kill two birds with one stone.    It's the start of a new term at CCAE this week and we're back to life classes.  This is a 10 minute pose starting off sponging in the general forms.   After they're in I go back in with pencil to define the outline moreprecisely and then finish up with more watercolor.