BTW, Oh, my! Blogging brings unexpected happy encounter! Robin Norling, a very famous artist and well-respected lecturer contacted me!!! His very close friend, working with Robin for years at NSW Art Gallery found my blog post on Robin's teaching about life drawing. Robin and his friend courteously sent me a special thank you letter with his book for art students. They say my blog post has "touched Robin." Their contact encourages me so much. Oh, I'm so happy(never expected his contact)! Also, happy to tell them my achievements as an artist. I much owe my success to his kindness and teaching at NSW Gallwery 16 yrs ago. His teaching is in me, an artist Sadami. Below, 20 minutes.
Back to the topic, life drawing. What motivates you for life drawing? The beauty of human bodies is awesome. It motivates me to draw it. I always feel something in a model. Even in the same model, my interests are different such as movement, face expression, colour, proportion, posture etc, etc. Below, I played with colours and strong lines. 15 minutes.
I do not know how to say my feelings in language. It's much like "instinct." I just respond to something I feel. My picture book illustration mentor says, "Your first language is drawing, visual person!" Hahaha, so true. Each model's face expression quite interests me. Ah, life drawing always reminds me that I am a portraitist, too. Done in 20 minutes.
How do you start up life drawing? My life drawing process is much like sports. I start playing with lines by a graphite for warm up. When "something" in a model excites me and I cannot stop my joy, I'll pick up watercolour brushes(= until I feel something, I do not start). I forget everything and just have fun on paper.
But mannerism should be eschewed. This week, I'd challenge a "direct watercolour painting and drawing later" methods again. I still can remember Robin showed us to try different methods of drawings. It taught me the importance of flexibility and exploring of creativity. Also, blogging brings wonderful encounters on the earth. Let's enjoy this communication methods that enriches us.
Friends, Happy Painting!!