Kicking off a new season
There’s a confidence that’s emerged in the work after the Emily Ball session in these drawings. I hope to keep up that level of exploration in life drawing. I’m really starting to enjoy using charcoal and feeling better about layering chalk.
Getting somewhere: less detail, less stuff, more essence and atmosphere; dark grey good colour to work on, use of complements for light and shade planes.
The intention set out for this session was on placing the figure in context more fully as well as on applying more conscious attention to widening the mark-marking vocabulary. Making some progress on this score and it’s helped to consolidate this in terms of practice in looking at drawings by Martin Campos, Hopper’s mode of placing the figure and Gainsborough’s sketches as well as the usual impressionists. Greater focus on how to build on the figure work is strong in my mind at present. A focus that will be more closely examined in a practical sense after the Sticks and Bones show.
10/11/22 Certainly getting bolder and more confident in the mark making. The room is now powerfully lit so which creates a stronger colour field which is informing the choices of colours. I think the most successful one is gold-ish coloured paper (one figure facing away) as the marks are diverse and the colours are strong and not gravitating around the strong blue that is present in the room. Moving more towards Bacon..slowly.