Life Class – Andrea 09.30-12.30
As is usual, we started with some quick poses to warm up – Andrea navigating ascending and descending steps, we were to explore body weight, tension and gesture.
Next some slightly longer poses, seated – incorporating the surface.
After the open pose above, it is always difficult to visualise where to start when limbs are held close to the body. I usually begin by sweeping the charcoal on its side to make the larger, entire shape and then “chisel” out or “sculpt” the lights with a putty rubber. The darkest darks are then reinstated – this way the limbs appear to draw themselves.
Again switching back to the open, relaxed seated pose – going between the two can confuse the eye to hand instructions! In this case, I resorted to good old negative shapes to help me construct the entire pose including the structure on which the model sits.
Below, are the final two longer poses – two 20 minutes rather than one long pose this time. In the first, by employing the charcoal stick on its side making large sweep marks, the pose of the model was quickly established. To ensure that this was not overworked, I concentrated on the environment surrounding the model, boldly adding darkest darks, using negative shapes and tones. Although 20 minutes was given, this was finished with a few to spare.
A similar technique to the previous long pose was used below, although, as this was a more complex arrangement due to foreshortening, it took the full 20 minutes.