In the morning session Rosie started by taking us down to the gallery to see a couple of life drawing studies and a portrait made by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Rosie described how WMG’s artistic education in Edinburgh gave her a grounding in drawing, which was a focus here. This was apparent in her work.
Returning to the studio space we began doing some quick 15 minute sketches of the model (who I happen to have drawn previously!):
During and in-between sketches Rosie discussed techniques and advised on how we could improve. I particularly needed to pay more attention to the model’s waist and leg proportions – which I kept making too wide and too short respectively.
Before breaking for lunch, we also tried some slightly longer sketches. The choice of materials and paper type was entirely up to us, as there was a variety of options provided. I stuck to charcoals and pastels, but tried different paper:
After lunch, we had the whole afternoon to draw a single pose. Because we had plenty of time we were able to really concentrate on getting things like proportion and perspective correct.
In my previous experience of doing figure drawing and portraiture in Michael Mulready’s classes, I built up the pieces by using shade. In this class however I was using a different technique of drawing the outline of the model. This was more akin to how Wilhelmina Barns-Graham would have done her pieces. We were totally free to choose whatever technique we wished, and it was good to try this.
I’m pleased with the result. The model’s lower left leg didn’t come out that well, but at least my camera’s face detection located the drawn face! I really benefited from having plenty of time to work on the picture.