These three girls will be going into an exhibition of life drawing in Stroud next March. The two on the left were done about two years ago, I think, and she dozing on the right about nine months ago. All are various combinations of soft pastel and charcoal.
I went along to the Stroud life drawing session tonight. Not many people because of the atrocious weather. But a lovely model who I have drawn before. She has wonderful hair. One day I will just try to draw that. A pleasure not to be drawing another middle aged man.
The model didn’t turn up, again. Not good, but we painted our tutor. Not sure why there is such a problem with models here. In Stroud there seems no end of them. Working in oil paints today.
Our tutor was ill, so we had to run the class ourselves. Or to be more honest, the model did. It was actually good to spend some time just drawing and not learning a new technique. The model said he was happy to do whatever we wanted. I don’t think anyone had the nerve to say “can you take all your clothes off so that we can all sit and stare at you?” Drawing clothes is quite a challenge, anyway.
Our model was ill, so Mark Kelland, our tutor, modelled for us. He took his jumper off and told us that was all we were getting…
Working in pastels. Drawing a clothed model is really quite challenging, all that coloured cloth and folds.
I’ve made several sketchbooks now, and I wanted to cut some sort of maker’s plate into them. As I’ve been very busy printing, cutting a lino block seemed the best idea. As I often do I liked back over years of life drawings to find inspiration and found this one, which is an old favourite.
Then I cut a block, which I think works quite well.
Printing straight into the book is a bit but and miss, but that rather adds to it.
Went back to this group for the first time in a couple of years. It is nice to just sit and draw. One pose all evening. Nearly 30 people there of all abilities.
I did just this one drawing, working on the linear feathering technique again. I am going to vary it next time, to follow the body more closely. I like the general composition, but her head and neck are out of proportion with the rest of her. This is on cheap wrapping paper, which can’t hold much pastel. I’ll use better next time.