10/25/2006: "Elise as Draughtsman?"
I went to my Tuesday night life drawing session at the Ruby Room and it was fun as usual, but my drawing was *really* off. I mean, I would post some of them if it wasnít so embarrassing!
They were worse than the drawings I did on the first session, when I hadnít drawn from life in years. I donít know, I guess I could blame it on the fact that I didnít have time to eat dinner before I went and my stomach was growling the whole timeÖor that the model chose a lot of poses where she sort of sunk down into the couch.
I noted that the drawings of the high school student sitting on the floor in front of me (who was probably all of 15 years old) her drawings were turning out a lot better than mine!
But, rather than become despondent, I remembered back to Sat. night when Aaron showed me a book called Matisse as Draughtsman, which showed a lot of his pen and ink figure drawings. Most of them had beautiful elements to them, but they also had parts where the hands were drawn like a stick figure's, or where anatomically the angle of the hip coming out from behind a pillow was physically impossible. Things like that. And I *adore* MatisseÖheís one of my all-time favorite artists, and he wasnít perfect either.
So, Iím holding onto that!