Monday, January 27, 2014
Yesterday I was able to attend the all day drawing marathon at the Palo Alto Art Center. These sessions have been held regularly 4 or 5 times a year for over 25 years. Sadly, the coordinator is retiring and there will only be one more session in March. Perhaps some ambitious soul will take up the reins and there will be more great opportunities in the future.
Interesting models. Christina is my all time favorite. She has great curves which I tend to really exaggerate, and she knows how to create interesting poses with great flexibility. The other model was quite a handsome gentleman, but he just sort of stood there and was really boring. If I could see Christina at all, I drew her and ignored him. Modeling is a very difficult job and involves creativity and talent and skill. Yesterday, I appreciated Christina more than ever.
I started out with large pieces of newsprint and a new set of extra chunky charcoal in 5 different colors, all of which were very neutral. I wasn't very excited with the results I was getting. I think I need a different surface for these charcoals to really do magical stuff. I had my mini iPad with me, so I decided to use it and practice with some of the apps.
One of the apps I enjoyed using was called "Vellum" It has line, ink, graphite, shading, and scribble plus erase. The width of the ink line is determined by the speed of the stroke, so to get a thin line you have to move quickly, making accuracy very difficult. Well, I like a challenge! I also used "Auyrn Ink" for a watercolor effect, and "Sketch Club" which I seem to have the most control. In the afternoon session I changed sides and instead of lots of short poses, I did a charcoal with the same pose all afternoon. You have to set up before the models do, and the room fills up so you can't change your position once you have settled in. Wouldn't you know, I was not thrilled with my view. Actually, I was feeling extremely unhappy, but you draw what you get.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 4:40 PM