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recently read the book, Undressed Art – Why We Draw, by
Peter Steinhart. While it is mainly about art and the human compulsion to draw,
it is also about the relationship between the artist and the life drawing model.
Although it’s mostly unspoken, a certain level of communication goes on between
the model, who is willing to take off his or her clothes for a roomful of
people, and the artists who show up to draw this naked person.
you count Drawing Jam in December,
yesterday was the first time I had been to a life-drawing session at Gage in
more than six months. Feeling very stiff and rusty, I thought about what I’d
read in Steinhart’s book and was very grateful for Shauna, our model that day.
One of my favorite Gage models, she has an open expressiveness with her poses
that somehow makes it easier to engage with her with my pen or pencil. She has
a delightful spontaneity – or makes it seem she does – even as she must be
completely in control to hold dynamic poses for up to 20 minutes. During the
one-minute poses, the music we were listening to changed to the theme song from
“Rocky,” and she put up her dukes! Perhaps it was a well-rehearsed pose that
she’d done before, but I felt entertained. She also moved with such fluidity
that it helped me past my own creakiness.
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Very expressive! I really enjoy the variety of art that you do and post!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Cathy! I sketch something every day -- urban sketches, still lives, posed models -- so I always hope that readers will be interested in whatever it is. Nice to hear the feedback that you are!Delete
I think your figure lines are getting stronger. Nice!!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joan! I'm going to start going to life drawing regularly again, so hopefully I'll feel less rusty over time!Delete
Very effectively conveying! I am really loving to read your blogs. You articulate so well!ReplyDelete
I'm happy that you are enjoying my blog, Ujjwal! Thank you for reading!Delete