My Life Drawing Group – Part One
One of the most interesting things about drawing in a group is seeing how differently each of us will interpret the same scene, still life, or model – emphasizing what is most obvious, or most important to us. I am constantly amazed at how much of ourselves we unconsciously expose when we draw. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of the artists from Every Day Matters in person, after getting to know them through their art. In every case, the artist’s physical self confirmed an impression I’d formed of them through their work.
When my life drawing classes fell through earlier this year, the teacher took pity on me and invited me to come to her life drawing group, which meets once a week at her home. At first I was pretty intimidated, as they’ve all been drawing together for years, but they were all so nice that I felt comfortable really quickly. We don’t look at each others work much during these sessions. Everyone concentrates on their own drawings and during breaks most drawings are put away.
Last week I posted some of the drawings I’d done in life group, along with one from another artist, Claude Besnaisnou, and it was fun to see how very differently we portrayed the same model.
Last night, we had a wonderful model. She has beautifully generous proportions, and her poses were great – I think we were all inspired by her. Everyone there agreed that it would be fun to see one drawing by each of us posted side by side. So here you have it. This is the first batch – the large format drawings that can’t be scanned. I took these photos with my phone, and I apologize for the quality. Some others will follow – they’re being sent to me by emailI and I will post them as I receive them.
So, here we go
Claude Froment (an extra apology to Claude for the quality – the original is beautiful)
and the last two are mine.
All of my drawings from the other night are in my Flickr account, in the life drawing class set, in case you want a larger view. (The medium size seemed to dominate the whole post, whereas this small size seems a little too discreet!)