Today’s class consisted of four life drawing sessions with a corn snake, chameleon, white python and bearded lizard. We’d been warned of this reptile invasion and despite my initial lack of enthusiasm I was entranced by these beautiful and gentle animals.
I’d have never thought of describing a snake as ‘cute’ but they were. Strong too and inquisitive both of us and the studio space they found themselves in.
This is so garishly bad I quite like it. The colours could not be further from my intentions. I’ve tried so many times to capture the park’s field of space and every time fail. Here I do so again. Next time.
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.