Yesterday afternoon I attended a local life drawing class. Again I was concerned with the structural form and the stance of the human figure. The male model for the class was interesting but was very challenging to draw – he was an older man with an unusual body shape – fairly short lean limbs but with a short stocky torso with a very round prominent stomach. I used for the first time compressed charcoal in grey tones and white chalk which I really liked using as i found it a very versatile medium , particularly for capturing a sense of the structure and form on the short poses.
the class started with 3 short 5 minute standing poses. What was interesting is that for the first pose he had his arm straight out which offered an interesting foreshortened effect which was difficult and challenging to draw – I found breaking the form down into shapes easier. The model had a few problems holding his arm still and it did drop down towards the end of the duration of the 5 minutes so I drew it as it changed! So my finished drawing appears to have 2 left
arms! But I think it looks fairly interesting. I did two further 5 minute drawings on one piece of A1 paper. I then did an hour and a half long pose – this time the model is seated with his left hand pressing down on the arm of a wooden chair . I again used charcoal and also charcoal pencil. I struggled with the pose again finding the models body shape difficult to capture . I feel although I am happy with my mark making there are elements of my drawing that I am unhappy with – the hands seem undeveloped , and clumsy , his arms don’t have the sculptural solid feel that I was aiming for. I also feel that the chair does not work , it looks unconvincing ? And does not appear to support the weight of the body.
again I enjoyed working with compressed charcoal. I have another life drawing session this time on the cutty sark ship!