Trapeze

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Well, I finally found the time to head over to another figure drawing workshop.  This was a five hour session, but I had missed the first hour since I was at work Saturday morning.  There were about a dozen artists, and the media used was quite varied: digital painting, oils, watercolors, pencils, charcoals, etc.

The petit model had brought in her trapeze set up, which was hung from the exposed ceiling structure of the converted warehouse which serves as the art studio.  She was up at about six feet off the ground, and did a variety of poses in five minute intervals, where she would sort of stretch and get the blood flowing and all that, then get back into the pose again.  There were perhaps three or four poses over the course of the afternoon.

Early on I was griping to myself about how my butt was uncomfortable in the metal folding chair, but then I looked up at the model who basically was perched on a bar as thick as a towel rack, and decided my suffering was paltry compared to hers, ha ha.  On the other hand, I must weigh 2 or 2-1/2 times as much as she did, so at least I have a smidgen of justification.

My line drawing seemed to come relatively easy today; I didn’t have to scribble-erase much.  If I find the time, I think these would look nice with some digital touch-ups like a toned background and playing with the page dimensions to improve the composition.

It was nice to be drawing again instead of writing!

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Figure Study: Knight

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Ahhhh…

I have nearly forgotten how to use this site.  Its been that long…

As I have mentioned before, I have been busy working on a fantasy novel, which is finally finished!  I should get my proof in a few days, and if all is well it will be available on amazon (print or electronic).  The series is called “Fabelwald”… book one is “The Mythic Forest”.

Anyhoo, above you see three pencil drawings I did last night at the figure study group.  Its the first time I’ve been there in three or four months.  Same complaints about the poor lighting, LOL.  Its also the first pencil drawing I’ve done in months… I’ve only done two digital paints since then as well (damn that book of mine!)

This costume was not so bad, but overall not so great either.  The model had the biggest complaints… metal parts were pinching and poking him, he repeatedly lost circulation in his hands, the suit somehow got heavier over time, it was too hot, his head and shoulders were crushed under the weight, he could not move, etc.  All this meant he had just one pose available, to last 3 hours (with breaks every 15 minutes to half undress cause of the problems).

This was not so bad for the painters in attendance, but for me it was monotonous.  I pretty much finished in one or two sets of 15 minutes for each detail.  I even ruined the second pic you see cause I kept going back to add contrast in the face, and the final result is worse for it.

I did get to play around with new pencils I had bought long ago but never used.  I especially liked the ‘woodless’ pencils (basically a giant piece of “lead” wrapped in plastic); they stayed pretty sharp even though they are on the soft side, and oh boy did they make such nice BLACK color.  They felt funny to use, gliding on the paper smoothly and “waxy” like a crayon, compared to a more scratchy feeling by regular pencil (I was using slightly textured paper, sort of rough like a business card or construction paper.)

It was funny to watch our host playing the squire and dressing the knight.  Mind you, this is a cheapo, light replica without all the details… no padded shirt, skirt, short on straps and fasteners, etc.  This thing was supposed to be easier to wear than the real thing.  So what sort of grief did a Knight of old go through?  He had to lug around expensive heavy armor, have help getting dressed, and constantly have an armorer repair the suit.  It must have been like owning a Ferrari and having to go off-roading in it every day… cringing with every dent, but telling yourself you’re still special and super-cool.

What must have been the biggest heartache was to be the knight standing next to the first armored soldier taken out by the longbow…. realizing that all that money and a lifetime of training meant squat cause somebody just invented a bow that could shoot through you!