Yesterday I did a life drawing session from 10am to 4pm at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, Suffolk and I am going to use the my sketches for this exercise. They only broadly match the brief but I think I would have made myself a bit unpopular if I’d tried to dictate to an established group what the postures and timings should be.
This is my second life drawing session at Gainsborough’s House. The first was a month ago and I was fairly pleased with the outcome. But somehow I don’t think things came together tremendously well for me yesterday. Perhaps I had too much expectation of improvement when in fact a learning journey inevitably has ups and downs. Anyway, I enjoyed the class. The model was called Blue and she had a penchant for dramatic ‘Greek tragedy’ poses just to make things even more difficult for me !
I did not have a lot of foreshortening to contend with yesterday but I did at the previous life drawing class so I feel I have not avoided this challenge.
As a comment, rather than an excuse (!) the light was difficult with grey daylight from windows on either side of the model and no clear directional light. It was hard to see reflected light on the model’s body.
I’m uncertain as to which medium has worked best. Sometimes I like the fragility of a simple pencil line. At other times charcoal and pastels seem to work well and make it easier to put in some shading quickly to create a sense of form. Later at home I did some experimental drawings from my sketches using ink and bamboo dipping pen and I liked the direction these were going.
Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to draw a long standing pose but we did do several quick sketches.
Lying down and ‘draped’