Drawing Life: Wade

Wade, 20 minute life-drawing, 18 x 24 by Melissa Carmon

Wade, 20 minute life-drawing, 18 x 24 by Melissa Carmon

Life drawing is one of my favorite exercises.  For one, a person is not just drawing one image... A person is melding two (due to binocular vision).  This accounts in part for the subtle difference seen in drawings made from life and those made from photographs.  

Our eyes, of course, take in two different images of the three-dimensional model before us.  It demands a lot of energy, not to mention there is the pressure of the clock.  You can't tuck the model into a notebook and save the drawing for later.  And they aren't going to sit there forever, especially in a pose like this:

The mind is an ocean.  A river.  A sea.  18 x 24" 30-minute life drawing by Melissa Carmon

The mind is an ocean.  A river.  A sea.  18 x 24" 30-minute life drawing by Melissa Carmon

I can see in the mark making of the next picture that I was beginning to flag and get tired by the end of the set.  But here is the last picture anyway, because there is something in it that I like. 

 

We Work So Hard, We Never Stop; Measure Your Soul From Bottom to Top.  (Some words by Howard Finster). 18x24" 20-minute life drawing by Melissa Carmon

We Work So Hard, We Never Stop; Measure Your Soul From Bottom to Top.  (Some words by Howard Finster). 18x24" 20-minute life drawing by Melissa Carmon

Something about it reminded me of this old photocopied page from a book on Odilon Redon, which is taped to my wall: 

 

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