Yesterday I spent three hours drawing a model from one pose (the model would take a break every 20 minutes, but would then go back into the same pose).
My favorite life-drawing combination is a female model in a reclining back pose. So, a male model in a standing frontal pose would be OPPOSITE of what I would normally want.
But no matter! I enjoyed myself tremendously even so, spending most of my time doing modified blind contours using the side of a graphite stick, experimenting using both my right and left hands. These were done right at the end of the class in about three minutes total.
(I know this one doesn’t really look like a man, but it’s still one of my favorites from the day.)
susan hartl said:
I love them. They look so effortless and how they flow. Your art rocks.
Carla, These are neat. I didn’t need to read your description to know they were done with a graphite stick on it’s side. I did TONS of these in college, OMG, 41 years ago?!?!? I don’t know why I chose to do it that way; no one else was. Also, I used Gi-normous sheets of paper, 36×48 or larger and never could get the whole figure on the paper! I remember all of it: blind contours, 30-second drawings (or less, gulp), one-minute, etc , on up. It was very Free-ing to work large and fast (and intimidating at first) because prior to college, I worked “tight and small”, nothing over 8×10. The Free-er the process, the better it is, in my opinion. Just depends! LOL. I wish I could’ve signed up for your summer classes, but darn, I have other commitments, and have done no artwork since the Silly Class. Artists who don’t create (for reasons outside of their control), do suffer. We need that “fix”, huh?
Andrea Clement (@Andreajane71) said:
Wow, they look great. I never thought of using the side of a graphite stick for life drawing, it’s really effective.
marta cossin said:
Great drawings Carla!
These are wonderful – so suggestive and free. Now, I need to check out graphite sticks!
,I love love these Carla!
Excellent line and shape. Love the use of the graphite sticks!
That looks like such a wonderful way to spend three hours. We drive by an art college every week and I look into the parking lot wistfully. Yesterday, as I drove my two little ones and four foster little ones, my car was full just like my life, but I know that there will be times again to spend solely on myself and my art! You are an inspiration!
These are fantastic Carla, so much movement, spontaneity, simplicity and strength. Full of suggestion…Love that last one, it does look like a man to me, most mysterious.
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Aref Abdelkader said:
I liked these drawings.