Unfinished Meditation

figure_27th_january_2014_1_smallAfter a long weekend of a two-day meeting of an American Physical Society committee (hosted in LA this time, so I did not have to travel far), I decided last night to go and do a drop-in-and-draw session at an art studio, to clear my mind.

The model was excellent, with a smashing hairdo and good body-awareness that made for interesting poses. I was in the mood to disappear and listen to Hendrix for three hours while focusing on the simple task of representing what was in front of me. So I did.

I’m horribly slow again. Lack of regular practice (on full figures), of course. The good news is that I have been able to hold on to some of the more important foundations that allow me to lay things out, and see forms and shapes. But it does mean that I don’t get to get to some of the finishing processes that I intuitively prepare for in the earlier parts of the drawing.

As you know from many posts of mine on the subject (see e.g. here and here) I actually like incomplete drawings where you can see a lot of the process unhidden and still there on the page, so I don’t mind too much… but I’d have liked to have done more on the legs and the hand, since I was excited about working on them – they’d made interesting shapes with unusual turns that I wanted to work to bring out. Oh well.


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6 Responses to Unfinished Meditation

  1. Veronica says:

    Nice post.Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.You have to add colors also to make it more perfect.All the best.

  2. Clifford says:

    “You have to add colors also to make it more perfect.”

    Well, no. I don’t. But thanks!


  3. Clifford says:

    (Yikes… I didn’t mean to sound harsh, by the way. Sorry about that. I just meant that it was intended to be a monochrome piece… just a pencil study. Look in the archives of other sketches for ones where I’ve added colour…)



  4. Rick says:

    […snip, snip – cvj…]

  5. Clifford says:

    Sorry, Rick, I know you’re joking, but I had to delete the remark. (I normally don’t like doing that.) This post is about drawing, and so let’s stick to that. Thanks!