life drawing

Yesterday I began life drawing classes with my friend Adrian Smith. As you can see (if you follow the link) he is already a most accomplished artist. His reason for going is that “you can always learn more”: my reason might not seem so obvious – I am trying to loosen my method of working.

My method for writing the Stone Dance was VERY intensive. Besides, it is hard, when one grips on to something that tightly, to let go. Now that I’m working on something new, there is an ever present danger that I will slip back into my old (a decade long!) way of thinking. I judged that to assault this frontally was just likely to make my ‘habituation’ dig in… I don’t have separate compartments in my head for writing, drawing, or anything else creative – it forms a fluid oneness… Thus, by loosening up my drawing, I believe I am performing an outflanking manoeuvre on myself… that will free up my writing.

6 thoughts on “life drawing

  1. First time you used charcoal? It doesn’t show!
    If you’re talking Japanese woodblock prints, then I can recommend looking at Toulouse Lautrec’s work – He also was influenced by those, but then did things like

    I can look at his work for hours!

  2. Not bad at all! Especially for a first lesson. Am curious to where this’ll bring you.

    Question – have you been taught to use the heavy contour to give the figure ‘weight’, or is it something you do to firmer establish the form? There’s the danger that it somewhat flattens the shape…

    1. thanks! I’m curious to see where it will get me too… As for the heavy contour, this was a result of me using charcoal for the first time… and it producing (in my hand at least) a very heavy line. On the other hand, I must admit to being much influenced in my sensibility by Japanese woodblock prints…

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