Artist's description:

The model sits and stares, lost in reverie.

I like to work with a range of models and this middle aged model is one of my favourites. She exudes confidence and is so comfortable in her own skin.

I draw from life weekly at Swansea Print Workshop, working with professional artists and models. This underpins my artistic practice and inspires me to develop the images into other genres - printmaking, mixed media, painting and intuitive drawing. Models do it for all sorts of reasons, but they all have one thing in common, they love art and engage with art by inspiring artists.

A big part of life drawing is simply the opportunity to practice technique. This can be the technique of drawing itself, where the actual pose of the model is important. Things like foreshortening can be tricky, as can hands and feet. In fact, the expression “It costs an arm and a leg” comes from centuries ago when rich people commissioned artists to paint their portrait. There was a basic rate just for a head and shoulders portrait. An arm was extra. A leg cost even more.

Then there are the techniques to do with rendering surfaces and textures like skin fabric and flat areas. These will change according to what medium you are using. Here I was using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens and ink washes onto mounting (matte) board highlighted with white conte crayon.

Because I like to draw the room as well as the model I get plenty of scope to practice these techniques. In this drawing, you can see how the washes allow me to render the fabric and the skin in a very free way, which nevertheless looks both realistic and expressive when seen as a whole. The pen work lets me give the figure a sense of weigh, using thicker lines and convey distance by sketching in background objects more faintly.

Materials used:

Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens and ink washes onto mounting (matte) board highlighted with white conte crayon

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