09/27/2006: "Model Behavior"
Yesterday I went all day without eating (except for 3 cups of coffee and a large green tea); by 5:00 I was getting a bit twitchy so Aaron and I met for Chinese at the Canton House. I forgot how nice that place is. I love being in a warm cozy restaurant when it’s cold and blustery outside, especially when you’re with someone who’s so much fun to be with.
Full of wontons and almond chicken, I headed off to the Ruby Room for my first life drawing session in seven years...a little nervous about drawing in front of other artists. I was impressed and slightly intimidated by the turn out, the place was packed. But it was fun, I mean *really* fun. I forgot how exhilarating the sound of dozens of pieces of chalk scratching away can be.
And the model was great too. The only undraped male model I've ever had was Edwin at UAA. He was in his 60s or 70s, really large, and would shave all of the hair off of his entire body. I hated drawing Edwin. The halls of the Art's Building would be lined with his image because he modeled for free.
The guy last night was young and in terrific shape. Muscles (without being bulky) sharply defined facial features, and he could hold a pose too. I only have one criticism. For one 15 minute pose, he chose my eyes as his focal point. Not my head or chin (which would have been OK, though I later noticed charcoal smudges all over my face) but directly into my eyes.
I wanted to draw his face too but you can't return someone's direct eye contact and also concentrate on drawing them. I know I was blushing furiously and I think there may have been a giggle or two. How humiliating...thank god it was only 15 minutes (Rob, could you mention the “no direct gaze” thing?).
Anyway, here are two of my gesture drawings from last night:
I feel a bit rusty so sessions like these will be great for me. I can't wait for next week!