Same Model through Different Eyes
This week at Life Drawing Group I was way off my game. I had almost forgotten to go, I had issues with the temperature in the room, the poses, where I was sitting, with my pencil sharpener – everything! (it sounds like I’m complaining, but I actually had a lot of fun – I just couldn’t draw very well!) The model is a regular – an excellent model, but very hard to capture as she’s thin, very athletic and yet somehow soft and feminine, and sh takes incredibly athletic poses sometimes. Afterwards, I was commiserating with one of my fellow sufferers about how hard it is to get her just right when Claude Besnaisnou, a wonderful artist who comes to draw with us, came over and said we had it all backwards.”Who cares if you get it right?”, he said. “The model will be gone in a few minutes, only the drawing remains.”
I thought it would be fun to show the different work each of us creates as we all sit there in the same room, looking at the same person in the same poses. Claude very kindly sent along a jpeg of one of his drawings from a 5 minute pose on Wednesday. Frustratingly, they’re all this good, at last all the ones I’ve seen:
In contrast, here are a couple of mine. Can you feel my emotional turmoil as compared to Claude’s calm masterful approach? If I could draw any way I liked, I’d choose to draw as he does.