Our model last Thursday evening, Nemea, was a large woman. Surely the subject’s size shouldn’t effect ones ability to draw the image on paper. I mean I know how to draw a whole mountain range in a tiny sketchbook. And one doesn’t need a piece of paper six foot tall to sketch the human figure. Or doesn’t one? I find myself entirely malleable to the particular energy of a model and in this case it was big energy. So all of my quick sketches went off the paper before I got the half of her figure drawn on. This one was a triumph, at least the prone figure. But then in the next pose she was facing my side, and she has a kind of almost mournful expression that I connected with, and in my right brain state I once again allowed the bigness to take over and suddenly I had a giantess looming up in the background.
Oh my! There goes that nose preoccupation of mine. Whatever I focus on grows out of proportion with the rest of the figure. But it seems to be the best way to learn how to draw the various body parts. . .for a while to zoom in on them. And lately it’s been noses. I think if I’d made the rest of the body on the same scale as the nose, she would have been cut off at the waist! But oh, I had such fun with this one because it was the first time I’ve tried painting on a metallic acrylic surface, which made the ink easy to move around with water. I’d like to do more of these.
The model got lost and was late arriving so once again we got to draw fellow artists, which is always fun – a bit like sitting in a coffee shop and drawing the guy slumped over his computer – guaranteed to not move for 5 minutes.