December 19, 2012

Kalk Bay Life Drawing #1

This was my first experience of drawing from life. The model is Kitty who did a series of poses for different lengths of time starting out with short times: 5 minutes and up. The two last poses were half hours each and I managed to complete, well, one semi complete water colour rendition (the last for the day) and one using some paint to lay in tone over white and burnt umber pencils on pale brown board.. 

This is such an amazing thing to have experienced and done. Afterwards there was a whole spread and party as it was the last one of the year. All artists chatting, Christmas pie in hand, I had a coke, some baby carrots. Wow also discover fruit cake.. this stuff is amazing too. Who knew. I must get some today. (Mental note)

In further describing the process, I did not know what to expect, I got the paper there and happened to have the right pencils to give me DUO Tone capabilities.. which was fortuitous. I became a little confused with drawing either the light or the shadow and found I was almost working against myself at times. That one should use one medium entirely first and then the other perhaps is the answer, but I cant really tell for sure now. This would be to assume I am trying to get a sketch sort of finish, versus a rough drawing, or single colour sketch vs a more painterly finish. And then it opens itself up to more mediums.. that was when I reached for a brush. The water sat well on the paper too! Finally having almost used up my provided provision of big brown paper I quickly placed the stretched water paper on a board I was lucky to have had it me and brought into the hall!! I do like what I did but will post this piece another time as I will need to either scan this or find a suitable camera to capture it. These are the few images I have deemed worthy of posting for now, in order from quicker sketch to 2nd last half hour..