So I bought this fake lobster, a shopwindow decoration. I had a vague notion this could be an interesting prop to use during a life drawing session. My lovely and intelligent muse of the day, always open to experiments, agreed. The moment I put that thing on her back I was amazed: it looked beautiful and perfect, as if it was meant to be. She proposed that I take a photo, to show her. We both liked it and she is okay with me sharing this with you.
I think there is something fascinating, creepy and beautiful at the same time, about this combination of a soft, human body and this eight legged creature with its hard exoskeleton.
Also, after the restrictions of the Egon Schiele series, I threw a lot of “laws” overboard (like focus on line, not sketching, not using an eraser). I just wanted to simply enjoy drawing, use lighting and making my art very dark if the scene asked for it.
Here are some drawings, created with different models, most of the drawings are 50 x 65 cm – all are for sale. The series of three of the crotch-close ups I created as my entry in an international competition of erotic art. Again I am thankful for the easy way my muses and I cooperate. And I realized again, while drawing the last one (the torso) on this page, how glad I am I don’t create abstract art!
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Choosing the lineair Schiele approach, eventually creating fifty drawings based on his style developed gradually out of me wanting to challenge myself with creating direct line drawings. It was time to focus on line quality (again).
Before, as you can see in the archive of this blog, I used a tonal, labor intensive sketching style. I grew frustrated with it because I could only create a few of those during a regular private session (three hours including breaks). Also that tonal approach became boring, I found it was too easy and too much based on the old fashioned academic style, notwithstanding the unusual poses we sought with the foreshortening and rare viewing angles.
While I really enjoyed how my models and I reconstructed poses drawn by Egon Schiele, it wasn’t easy. Not that life drawing session should be easy, but for models some poses were difficult to do and maintain. It was not for everybody. I occasionally needed to schedule a session with a specific muse who enjoyed exposed poses just like any other pose.
For me drawing this way, more or less reconstructing existing art in an unforgiving lineair style, was more taxing and tiring than I could have imagined.
So I have moved on from the Egon Schiele project and am currently working on larger, fast drawings with an expressive line and (in part afterwards) lots of black and shading, sometimes incorporating a prop by asking my muse to experiment posing with it. The result will eventually be shown here, of course.
Nevertheless here are some drawings which were created during those Schiele sessions but are not actual reconstructions of drawings of his.
Models are creative and love to add something of their own to a session. So these artworks are our go at working “in the spirit of” Egon Schiele. Hope you enjoy.
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