Candid Art

Pencil on paper, 63 x 90cm

Through the autumn of 2018 I attended several drop-in life drawing classes at Candid Art behind Angel Islington, London. They were busy sessions with interesting and good models. Typically, as with lots of classes, they started with quick 5 minute poses and drawing warm-ups, that gradually extended. After a coffee break there would be a longer pose of 45-50 minutes and the drawing above is the result of one of these.

Initially the model seemed difficult and uninteresting to draw because of their slight frame. This can sometimes make a figure’s appearance look disproportioned with too long legs and arms. However, somehow I managed to capture this elongation and angular form, with a good likeness. The model was a delight to draw, with interesting folds and a slightly collapsed position on the studio’s chair.

Collaborative drawing

Charcoal on paper, 63 x 90cm

We spent much of last Wednesday’s class at RDS using our non-drawing hand for mark making and swapping our work from 20 minute model poses with others. The above is a joint effort from myself and Veronica using our good hands.

It really provokes a different way of working and thinking when trying to interpret another’s drawing. For me using someone else’s work felt like using a road map where some of the picture’s journey had been outlined and I was adding to it by helping give direction. A kind of filling-in or fleshing out of another’s work. It also showed how others observe shapes and form and how technically they work, challenging you immediately to look more closely and differently and to adjust the ways you’d usually draw.