So remember a couple of weeks ago when I was yammering away about the life drawing session that I applied for too late and couldn’t get into? And how I decided to take a class in acrylic painting techniques instead? Well, turns out the acrylic class got cancelled. But as luck would have it, one of the life drawing people dropped out and as I was first on the waiting list, I got a spot. Woo-hoo! So tonight I go for my third session.
It’s all pretty relaxed. There are about 10 artists in the session and the model who basically dictates how the next three hours go. Above is last week’s model, Pascal. Pascal was really difficult to get a grasp on. He has a nice lithe physique, but he is very slight. He has muscle definition, but his muscles are sleek and otter-like and it took more than half the 3 hour class before I felt I was starting to get a grip on how to draw him. I had to exaggerate his muscles and angles quite a bit to get to a happy place. I’m oddly thankful that I wasn’t the only one having trouble. I talked to two of my other classmates and they talked about having the same problem. The pose above was a 40 minute pose, and by the far the best image I came out with.
The first week’s model was great fun to draw! and a much more experienced model. She said she had been modelling for art classes all across the GTA for more than 16 years. She is a big person, really big. Maybe 350 lbs? Or perhaps more. But her skin was perfectly smooth and her round proportions create a marvellous landscape for drawing. Plus her most of her poses were very dynamic and interesting. I’ve only scanned in one of those drawings so far (i’ve been drawing really big, at least 14 x 17 and mostly larger than that so I have to “tile” my images when I scan them in on my little scanner and it’s a pain in the butt and also why the edges of the images are choppy and uneven, showing where I overlapped the tiles) The pose below was a 20 minute pose, but I beefed up the lines a bit afterward.
I’ll see how it goes tonight. We have a different model every week. I think I’m going to start concentrating on individual body parts rather than trying so hard to capture the whole person. Also think I will bring in some better quality paper tonight and my iPod. And maybe I need to stop relying so much on graphite and start exploring a bit more with charcoal and chalk. My drawings are still a little stiff and static for my liking, but I think it will all get more fluid as I continue in these sessions.
I swear to you, I’m not trying to sell you uber-fancy alarm clocks or anything. I just really really want this clock. Specifically, I want the nature sounds this clock makes. Not all of them (there are four I think)… just the ocean one and the windchime one. I want those really, really bad. I’m a little obsessed about it actually.
Last week, Johnny LikeSoundsToo and I spent two luxurious nights at this very fabulous little inn, The Harbour House Hotel, in Niagara-On-the-Lake. It was wonderful… wonderful!… and I took 90 gazillion pictures and I will show you some, I really will, but I have to download the other 360 gazillion photos I currently have on my computer before I can upload the 90 gazillion Niagara-On-the-Lake ones and I haven’t had a chance to do that yet. On the bedside tables, they had these deluxe clocks and those sounds… the windchimes and the ocean… o, I loved them. The windchime one makes me feel deliciously goose-fleshed … like something enchanting and unexpected is about to happen. And the ocean sounds? Well, they made me feel all seaside and serene. A pretty good way to feel. Of course it was all in enhanced by the Harbour House decor, but still… I pretty sure I could recapture that feeling at home if only I had this clock. Or more specifically, those sounds. Those EXACT sounds (I’ll except no substitutes).
O, I had the most fabulous week last week full o’ vacationy autumnal goodness and love, but no time to tell you about it today. I know. You’re crushed. To make up for it, let me just point out that at long last I have secured a Flickr account. You can either find it via the sidebar over there to the right or by clicking here. You’ve probably seen most of the photos uploaded there at the moment, but I’ll be adding more, more, more as soon as time allows.