It was april 2016 when two of my favorite models and I worked intensively during a unique private life drawing immersion weekend. I had rented a vacation house in the woods for a whole weekend, to sketch & draw them separately without any distractions.
We agreed I was to draw everything, from the moment they arrived until they left.
This would be a new experience for us, how would it be, spending almost a whole day together as artist and muse? Would there be anything left to talk about after a while? Would I be able to create anything worth keeping?
On both days we spent our time inside during nude posing sessions and outside the house, where I sketched her during walks through the forest etc. I wanted to draw them in “normal” circumstances involving nudity. So for instance both of my muses took a shower while I was sketching (and trying to keep the paper dry). We had lunch, dinner, lots of good conversations and created lots and lots of art. If the resulting sketches are any good is not really an issue, both days were an experiment and as such a project as a whole.
It was very enjoyable so we decided to make this a recurring event!
All drawings, with handwritten citations of things that were said and text explaining the whole project, are now available as a book, just contact me to acquire it! Here are some of the drawings (click or touch to open an enlarged version):
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I needed to capture more than I could by drawing: the subtle nuances in light and dark and variations in color of the skin. So I started following oil painting classes, the traditional way and became fascinated…Initially my tutor made me create a practice piece, copying a part of a painting by van Dijck. But I soon wanted to use the techniques learned in my own work, so (after a failed painting, which I intend to correct later on) I asked dancer and model M to hold this pose for me while I was standing on the table, looking down upon her.
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Here, in four stages, you can see the creation of this painting, measuring h70cm x w50cm. Clicking/touching a preview opens an enlarged version with the option to have a look at an even larger version.
It has been a long while since my previous post, I’m sorry for my followers…I have been very active on Instagram, posting life drawings daily en sometimes twice a day. It is a very fast and easy means of getting my art out in the world.
Yet I do like this blog, to extrapolate a bit about my motivations for creating my art and in general provide a bit more personal info than what can be done on Instagram.
One of the approaches I have used in my drawings the last few months is using compressed charcoal, conté a Paris (a sort of compressed pastel) on white and colored paper with a lot of shading in the drawing. I’d like to have more result per session so I am working with models who are fine with me taking a reference photo after I’m through with the sketch. This way a session results in lots of sketches which I can render later, using a photo for details (especially how her body/face is lighted).
Sizes are for the most part 50 x 70cm.
You can press the previews to open a slideshow/enlargement:
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.