Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Artists drawing artists

In life drawing workshops across the land, the tradition is: If the model does not show up, the last person to enter the room is the first "volunteer" to pose on stage.

A while back, the artists at the Sony Life Drawing Workshop got their first "volunteer" modeling experience when our model no showed.  Instead, we took turns drawing each other, posing with plastic guns and wooden swords for a few minutes each. Everyone soon had a much better appreciation for the work life models do. Staying perfectly still while looking dynamic, is much harder to do than it looks.

During the second half of the workshop, the artists practiced drawing 10 minute portraits. Taking turns posing seated in a chair was way easier than standing there, holding a plastic gun, dynamically sweating.  Here are a few quick portraits of the Sony artists "volunteering" to pose seated, in a nice chair.

Details for the art geeks: These were drawn in my 8.5 x 11 inch, recycled paper sketchbook (a big 400 pager I stapled and taped together). Used a Lamy Safari fountain pen and a Tombo brush pen to draw the figures. Blick colored pencils to draw the little portraits. The paper is really nice: Neehah Environment, desert storm color, recycled, acid free, smooth.


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