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.
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.
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.
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.
Kroki på Basis 2017.11.04
I feel so lucky, I have my very own life drawing class that I run in my home every Thursday evening. It’s proving to be very popular, I am learning a lot – like not to play music with too much of a beat. Brain Eno and Handel piano concertos seem to be appreciated most. I use studio lighting and that seems to be liked a lot. I at least think the lighting on the model is wonderful compared to the other life drawing venues in town.
Next year I aim to rent a larger space and have more attending Meldrum Kroki each week. But right now I am just taking just one step at a time.
Here are some sketches I did at Meldrum Kroki last week and the other day. As I am running the life drawing evening it is not possible for me to sketch during the whole session. I really enjoy it anyway and I am happy just to do a few drawings.
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!
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.