Meldrum Kroki (Meldrum life drawing). Yes, it does sound a bit pretentious but I will just have to get used to it. I started a life drawing evening in my apartment on the 5th of October this month. We have had two sessions so far and I and very happy with it’s success. I really feel that this is something I would like to develop. At the moment I can only have a maximum of 15 people in my living room so I have had to create a small Facebook group of life drawing friends. With time I will expand the group and make it public, right now it’s a very low profile, it has to be that way until Christmas at least. I am considering renting a large room next year so that the group can expand to 40 – 50 people. Time will tell if it will be a success or not.
NB. Today, my life drawing (Kroki) page is in Swedish and I do have plans to create an English version. Until then I advise you to copy the text and paste it into Google Translate. Thank you for your patience.
I went to Konstnärshuset for the first time this term. I used charcoal dust as well as a charcoal pencil. At one stage Gabriel the model had posed in such a way that I didn’t find it interesting so I drew the sketchers instead.
“Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas.”
This is the official view of Expressionism but for me it is about trying to capture form with pure lines that express the way I feel at that given moment. Lines can show if I am inspired or not, if I find the pose exciting or not. I am an Expressionist, we are all Expressionists, long live Expressionism!
I visited a new studio in Hökarängen to do some life drawing this week. It was really enjoyable, I especially liked the fact the model had just one pose after the warming up period, we then had 20 minute sessions which allowed me to experiment with 3 watercolours which took about 30 minutes each. There was some sketching to warm up but I mostly painted. Lars, was the name of the model.
Only one negative experience, I forgot my pencil case with all my favourite pencils and a small pocket knife. I rang the next day to the studio but they were gone.
Life drawing at Basis means lots of quick sketches, one is quite exhausted afterwards. I use a half A3 sketchbook each time. It’s very good of course for me, my drawings become more instintive and I have to econemise which my lines otherwise it is impossible to draw much in one or two minutes. The model is one of my favourites, Katrina is her name. Very expressive poses and at angels that make perspective drawing a challenge to say the least.
It feels like it was years ago since I last went to life drawing. There has been so much going on in my life that I haven’t had time – but now I do, this week at least. This is my relax week, I’m just painting and drawing what I want. No pressure, just fun.
I liked this model, she is new to the scene here in Stockholm, I think it was her second time modelling, not 100% sure about that, her name is Erika. A new model is always welcome, one gets too used to the regulars which is dangerous because there is a tendency to stop looking at the model and draw what we think we see. Does that make sense?
Sketched on Canson Croquis A3 paper, 90g. I used 9b, 6b, and 2b lead in mechanical pencils. Actually I will include a picture of my pencils.