I am posting this feeling particularly challenged after another life drawing day at Southampton City Art Gallery with hardworking tutor, Brian Reynolds. Not one for long spurts of concentration, today’s 3 hour pose was always going to be an endurance event for me but little did I realise that I would leave the session feeling both confused and inspired in equal measures. My first attempt was my usual measured, graphite representation of a human body.
While this looks like a supine male nude, pretty much in proportion, I wasn’t surprised that during the breaks and the usual tour of other delegates work, no one enthused or made comment on it. On reflection I could see a lack of energy about it, but what to do? Brian’s suggestion was to use a drawing as a journey, i.e. not just looking at the end result but thinking of it as a map of how I got there. So, attempt number two:
I think it has more energy and is definitely a “looser”drawing but sadly, we ran out of time so I didn’t get any feedback on it. I left with lots to think about…….