Thursday, June 13, 2013

Figures & Form

Ecoline watercolour and Neocolor II on Fabriano 70x50cm
Graphite and marker on cartridge 59x42cm
Ecoline and Neocolor II on Fabriano 70x50cm
I spent the last Wednesday mornings of May at lovely figure drawing sessions held by the Figures & Form group in Parkhurst, in return for a 10 minute talk on urban sketching on my last day. It was lovely to slow down and spend whole hours looking, drawing and painting. These were from a session with the theme of Flappers - the top and bottom ones long poses and the middle ones two 5 minute poses. Such fun, but what does one do with all these studies..!?
The talk went well in spite of nerves, I'm a drawer not a talker!..but I had stacks of sketchbooks on display, and inspirational sketching books like The Art of Urban Sketching and One Drawing a Day and Danny Gregory's books. The group received it enthusiastically - ten minutes wasn't actually enough to say all I had to say about urban sketching. I'm hoping  a few more will join Joburg Sketchers, as well as start their own sketchbooks and journals. I forgot to take a photo, as I always do :-/ but I have to say the display looked quite impressive, I never feel like I sketch enough, but when they're all spread out - whew - 100's!!

8 comments:

Sadami said...

Hi, Cathy,
I love your moody sketches! They tell stories. Congrats! Well, let us keep "enjoying" sketching.
Cheers, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

The top and bottom ones look like finished works to me - I love the fluid lines on the top model and the singular color used. You are an inspiration with the work and words you share on your blog so I imagine you may have lit a spark in some of the sketchers in that drawing group to join you.

laura said...

Always love your figures, Cathy--they're always living, doing ... Love the top figure here: the way she's turned away; the monumental solidity of her!

Meera Rao said...

Your sketches are lovely and what stories they tell! Just came across your blog and love it1

Sue Pownall said...

Fantastic sketches. I especially like the way you've used the grey in the bottom one to bring the figures forward.

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...


What great sketches!

Art with Liz said...

Great life drawings. I've been too scarce.

Marie Theron said...

Oh yes, you have hundreds of sketches, I am sure, Cathy! Super sketches, the attitudes say it all!