Life drawing at Mäster Olafsgården

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I enjoy having my own life drawing sessions but I don’t draw as much as I’d like to because of all the responsibilities – this is why I still go to life drawing whenever I can. Monday evening in the old town is a good place to be if you are suffering from life drawing abstinence.

The last Life drawing session at home for this year.

Meldrum Kroki
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I had 9 life drawing sessions in my living room since October, it feels quite normal these days and I think it has been a fantastic success. The models have enjoyed the atmosphere.  My life drawing friends are happy too, they had no problem taking the short bus ride to the Finnberget. The music was enjoyed and the coffee was just right, the lighting was a big plus – everyone appreciated that.

I have been so busy mentally with my work these last few weeks, it hasn’t been fun – breaking up is never easy. Next year there will be big changes and so I will have lots of time for art which makes me so incredibly happy. More about that later in the month.

Meldrum Kroki  starts again on the 11th of January 2018 🙂

 

I prefer using coal

Mäster Olofsgården, 2017.11.27

It was nice to use coal last night at Master Olafsgården. I mentioned in my last post that I don’t use coal during my own Meldrum Kroki sessions as I have to serve coffee and biscuits during the break. So it was nice getting my hands dirty last night. The model (Derlyflow) was quite eccentric but at the same time interesting to draw. She has many YouTube clips, here is one.

Sketched on A3 paper with a coal pencil and coal dust applied by my finger.

 

Meldrum Kroki nr. 9

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Yes, I have had 9 life drawing sessions in my living room and it is proving to be a great success. This week will be the last until January because I have to travel to Ireland. I wonder is there any life drawing in Belfast? I’m sure there is.

These sketches were drawn on A3 paper using a 2b graphite mechanical pencil. The model is very pretty which always makes it very hard to sketch her as one can never do her justice. Here I have tried my best. Please note that I do not use coal on my own life drawing sessions as I have to serve coffee and biscuits during the break. It would not be okey to serve with coal miner’s hands!

Quickies

Basis 2017.11.18

Saturday’s life drawing just gets faster and faster. I am enjoying the fact that I am starting to understand that what you do not draw is as important as what you do. All drawings were 1 to 2 minutes long. Sketched with charcoal on A3 paper.

 

A5 sketches again

Meldrum Kroki

I run my own life drawing session every Thursday evening. I have responsibilities making sure everyone is happy. This means I have no place to sit as all are taken, a full house makes me happy but it does mean that I have to stand in the background and sketch the best I can. This is why I am using a small A5 sketch book, it is small and easy to hold.
The model is an artist from Syria, she was very good and I hope she will return to Meldrum Kroki early next year.

 

The joy of the new

Basis 2017.11.11

We had a new male model at Basis this Saturday. His name was Fritz and he was extremely good, he reminded me of Egon Schiele which isn’t a bad thing as I have him as one of my heroes. I am curious to know where he learned to pose as he did, he must have learned his trade abroad, that’s my guess at any rate.
It was the usual frenetic pace at Basis; 1,2 and 3 poses mostly. I think we had one 5 minute pose. A crazy amount of paper gets used but I really feel I am developing a lot during these turbo sessions. All sketches were on A3 paper and I used a charcoal pencil plus charcoal dust applied with my finger.

 

A5 sketches

Meldrum Kroki

We had another great model at Meldrum Kroki last Thursday. Mollie is new to modelling but I thought her approach was very professional. I sketched on an A5 spiral-bound block. I often have to sketch standing with the use of no table or easel. I am the organiser of the event so I don’t get the best view or position to draw. I really don’t mind, I am really enjoying running my own life drawing session, fixing coffee, chatting and getting to know my life drawing friends a little more every time we meet.

 

Two – three minute poses

Basis 2017.10.14

Here are Saturday’s offerings. I was hungover, so I was surprised I was able to sketch at all. All the poses were between 2 and 3 minutes long.
I used to find these sort of poses quite frustrating but these days I know my limits, I know I can only sketch so much. It is therefore important to capture the pose with so few lines as possible. Just one line would be the most optimal.

Why was I hungover? The new management at work does not want me to continue working part-time in 2018. I have to be 100% or leave. At least they want me 100%, that’s not bad. I of course would like to continue part-time as an artist, I have been doing so for two years. I really appreciate that I was allowed time to explore and develop into who I am today. Now I have to decide, do I become a full-time artist or not? … I have already made my mind up, it wasn’t very hard. 2018 is going to be a very exciting year. Stay tuned!