Memory drawing

Charcoal on paper, 90 x 63cm

One of the drawing exercises this week at RDS was to study a figure for 5 minutes before making a drawing from memory. We were allowed to make notes and very quick sketches in this preparatory period but were then left to make a large drawing.

Theo, our canine model, was fantastic. It was strange how easy it was to capture the likeness of a pet but so hard with a human figure. It revealed how we are so plagued by preconceptions of human form that they get in the way of making good drawings.

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