Monday, November 15, 2010

Drawing course Day Two

 
















Actually I can't remember exactly what we did on each separate day - I think we did some warming up quick exercises on the second day too, but the main object was to take some of the previous days 'sensual' drawings and work new drawings over them, not obliterating them, but trying to have some new feeling or meaning emerge from superimposing images - I'm not at all doing justice to Hermine's urging us out of the usual or the safe, she had us each enthralled in our own individual and different journeys of discovery. This time she had made a doll out of clothes, blankets, buttons and string, as a prop to the model, which in some of my drawings manifested as a rather sinister and ghostly voyeur.


 For our final drawings we were to use all the materials we'd brought as we liked, which were many and varied - and combine everything we'd learnt to create a composition. Not the most attractive result here, though Hermine kindly called it 'stone-like', I used an old chewed foam roller to draw out the figure, which made her look a bit like some of us post-course students (one artist was so coated in charcoal and ink you could hardly make out her features - wish I'd taken a photo!) and added powdered graphite and glue, charcoal and ink, and stuck on some textured paper - didn't get to the candle wax, sandpaper and crayons!

10 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What a fantastic couple of days. A stunningly good tutor with brilliant ideas to develop what you had already created. Looks like you had great fun and came away with some inspirational work.

Dave King said...

This is a fascinating post. It makes me so much wish that I could have been at the workshop, but very many thanks for sharing the content and memory of it.

jgr said...

Yes, fascinating is the word. I love the model with the line drawing over the smudgY background. So full of emotion, and your last one the composition is fabulous! Yes, it's a bit like a statue: very classic and regal. Thank you for showing us.

RHCarpenter said...

These sketches have an eerie, Egon Schiele look to them! Beautiful!!! You should do figures like this more often - you definitely have the touch.

Cathy Gatland said...

Hi Joan, I know I'll always be pushed and challenged in a class with her - and she's a wonderful artist herself too!

Dave, I would wish every artist to have such a workshop - you're very welcome, thank you for your visit.

Thanks jgr, I think the line drawing one is my favourite too.

Rhonda, my teacher also mentioned Egon Schiele when reviewing one of the drawings - I am SO honoured, one of my favourie drawers!

Carol King said...

More great sketches. The top ones seem quite fluid. I actually like the 'stone-like" one very much. It has weight and a very interesting texture to it.

Sandra said...

Wow! That sounds like SO much FUN!!! I LOVE getting messy - though I don't do nearly enough messy art. I think these are fantastic - All of them!

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Cathy, you've certainly had some fun with this and produced some amazing sketches! Sounds a totally intense two days!

caseytoussaint said...

This is so interesting - I love the idea of re-working the drawings to create something so individual. Your results are wonderful.

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

I love all your figure drawings Cathy! I haven't done life drawing for SUCH a logn time...and I'm having next Thursday...scared to death!! Seeing yours here make me eager to go AND at the same time increase my fear...will I be able to just get sort of a fugyre down...let alone it be so wonderful as you did in your workshop...Wonderful work!
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Ronelle