Sketching people drawing the model during a "boring" pose

Sketching people drawing the model during a “boring” pose

I love my Friday figure drawing studio and our wonderful models. In the morning I draw the figure during the shorter poses and then switch to a portrait for the final hour-long pose after lunch. In the sketch above I decided to draw the crowded room and other artists instead of the model since I had an obstructed view of what struck me as a boring pose.

Fallon, charcoal on toned paper, life-size.

Fallon, charcoal on toned paper, life-size.

Fallon is one of my favorite models. She is so beautiful and strong, with unique features and she always brings interesting costumes and music to play for us.

Brian, charcoal on toned paper, life size

Brian, charcoal on toned paper, life size

Brian is very unusual looking, tall, muscular and lean, with prominent facial bone structure and a small, pouty (not potty!) mouth. I think I went too far with the dark charcoal as there’s too much contrast with the lighter areas but I think I did get a likeness, despite the clumsy shading and unfinished hair.

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Brigitte, charcoal and conté on tan paper, life-size.

I thought the drawing above was going great until I saw it on my camera’s screen as a mirror image and it looked all wrong. I tried to fix it, but couldn’t figure out what the problem was. She looks so sour and grumpy and really was just a little sleepy from the long pose.

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  1. Great to see your progress with the figure! Drawing the whole class is quite a challenge, I’m too afraid to try that. I’m constantly amazed at how the most minute change in a line on a portrait will change a face from one emotion to another. I’m no expert but maybe the corners of the mouth on Bridgette’s portrait is making her look sour. Your portrait of Fallon is the strongest, I can tell you like her modeling the best, it shows in your work. Keep up the great work!

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  3. I’m still enjoying your artwork.

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  4. Glad to see I’m not the only one who gets distracted and sketches the class drawing the model 🙂 Your life drawings are good.

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    • Thanks Sue. The teacher has suggested I add context to my portraits so when the model’s pose was boring I took the opportunity of focusing on the context itself and only put the model in tangentially.

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