These are some poses of standing / reclining figures where I am just experimenting with different materials. I was drawing these after my summer holidays and was really using these drawings to get back into the process of making an image. The first figure (ink and bamboo reed) is made up, the other two are from a photograph (Johnson, M and Johnson, D (2006) Art Models, Life Nudes for Drawing, Painting and Sculpting. Live Model Nooks LLC, New Hampshire, USA)
Figures in Motion
Staying with the dancer theme for the time being, I did a few quick sketches of dancers from photos gathered on the internet site https://uk.pinterest.com/source/actsoflight.tumblr.com/
I was trying to draw in a gestural way n these three images by using quick pencil strokes. The poses themselves suggest movement but I wanted the free-flowing nature of the water brushed over areas of the watercolour pencil to blur some of the lines to create an illusion of movement. I think the most successful of the three is the first, Dancer 1. There is a real sense of the dancer stretching backwards, which I think the view is drawn to by the gestural line outside the dancer’s body. I am least pleased with Dancer 3. Whilst the pose suggests a leap, I didn’t include any ground in my sketchbook and so there is no sense of the body being powered upwards by muscles. There is also little suggestion of forward momentum of the body through space. I think I had lost sight of what I was trying to achieve here and was concentrating too hard of getting the pose right.
Some more sketches
I did a series of quick sketches inspired by the quite lovely work of Sally McKay who draws quick sketches of live dancers and then uses these to create monoprints. This quick sketch technique is harder to do that you imagine. Here are my efforts inspired by watching You-tube videos of a performance of Bolero and Carlos Acosta dancing a masterclass.
The second page was more successful probably because I had practiced a little by then! The figures are a little more dynamic and capture the poses better. The first page was over gesso, this was unnecessary and made the water too fluid (it sat around too long) meaning the ink ran more that was useful to depict the forms.