01 December 2013

Draw 'Til You Drop - part II

life drawing - steel sky woman
mixed media on paper
9x12, 12x16 inches
Nov 30 and Dec 1, 2013

Well that was really, really fun and also really exhausting!  Being around so many people for so long was quite a challenge for me.  However, we were all mostly focussed on our work, so it was not like having to talk to people for that long.  Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the weekend:

figure drawing - verna vogel

figure drawing - verna vogel

life drawing - steel sky woman

life drawing - steel sky woman

figure drawing - verna vogel

life drawing - steel sky woman

This last one is interesting - I know how to render what I see fairly accurately, but I get bored with that. I'd rather be working fast, with colour, and make expressive things: I'd rather catch the feeling of the model than their exact proportions...  interesting how so many people do not respond to work unless it is "accurate" though.

So on the way home I had this little thought: it has been said that my urban paintings are interesting because they do not show any specific city, they just show "city"....  well lo and behold, seems I like to draw "human" rather than any specific human.

One day I will scan and upload images of my life drawings from 10-15 years ago.  I was doing the same thing then: catching the human.

oh, p.s.: about the panels I prepped in the last post - wound up using only 1 of them.  Haha.


Russell Mang said...

"Catching the human"...i like that a lot. I still have the same problems w/proportion as i did in art school. I'm sure if i focused on them, i'd do better. But i focus on capturing expressiveness of line & if i get back into figure drawing, i'll be sure to have "catching the human" tacked up in back brain to help round 'em out!

P.D. Crumbaker said...

There are so many small things that make us human, aren't there? The small lines around the mouth that indicate fatigue, no matter how broad the smile, the way a body looks when it leans against the doorpost, the different ways walkers will stride, stroll, shuffle, or march down a path, the angle of the cheekbone.

Linda Wilder Expressions said...

Wonderful work Verna! I wish I could have made it...next time. I love your 'human ' drawings best too!

Verna Vogel said...

Thanks for your comments Russell and P.D. and Linda!

It's interesting, isn't it, the different aspects of perception. I sometimes think that in life as in art, we can get caught up in a type of "accuracy" that (for me) leaves a lot to be desired. It's kind of like how words can explain and simultaneously obscure things.