I must say that I had fun doing this drawing (click for larger view), and it was a long time coming. After returning from New York I decided that after a lot of tiring travel back and a long day of work the next day that I would keep the momentum from the plane drawings and go and relax and do a drop in and draw at a studio for a few hours.
It has been a long time since I’ve popped into a studio to draw a model and I am happy to say that I was not as frustrated in the end as I thought I might be due to lack of practice. (In fact, it is best to try to enjoy getting done what you can get done, and not get frustrated since that just makes things worse…) I was a bit slow, yes, but was happy that the processes of how I draw best came together readily, and by the end of the three hour session there was a pleasant balance of one of my more sort of angular, construction styles with the more soft, side-of-pencil style that actually works nicely when not finished since you can see the process in the drawing. Things are off here and there, but for a 22 minute effort I got a nice basic drawing down before she stopped the pose, I feel, and then I spent another 8 cleaning up here and there and firming up some strokes before stopping.
It is a crazy semester, with organizing the Science Film Competition and several other things, so I know it is going to be hard to get back to this sort of thing on a regular basis, but I’ll try. I need the practice.
(By the way, The Big Draw is on*…. find or organize an event near you!)