Life Drawing Gymnastics

25 Jun 2014

Pencil drawing of a figure sitting on another figure's shoulders. I combined not just artist and model (self-portraiture), but artist-model-athlete in my Life Drawing Gymnastics series.

I combined not just artist and model (self-portraiture), but artist-model-athlete in my Life Drawing Gymnastics series.

In my Life Drawing Gymnastics series, I attempted to do more than simply draw from life, but rather allowed life to be a large part of the drawing process. I combined not just artist and model (self-portraiture), but artist-model-athlete.

As a female artist, I wanted to use my drawing process to exhibit female physical strength and power. I would not have been able to draw life-size figures using a mirror and balancing a model on my shoulders, or I on a model's shoulders, if I did not have certain drawing basics down already.

I kept the lines light and flexible in this drawing series. Drawing by Kate Sikorski
I kept the lines light and flexible in this drawing series.
One basic idea I kept in mind is not to draw too hard, as it leaves distracting ghost marks that muddy up a drawing. It sounds like a no brainer, but it's easy to forget and pretty crucial. In this series, the model and I could only hold an acrobatic pose for a short while before having to stop and stretch out our spines.

I had to keep my lines light and flexible (meaning open to change) especially in the beginning because each time we got back into the pose again it was impossible to match exactly the same pose as the time or times before. There is a certain active quality to a drawing from life because the pose one works from shifts and breaths.

The pieces in their entirety can be seen at my homepage.

-Kate

 


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on 26 Jun 2014 12:14 PM

Kate—

I just took a quick look at your website and I think your work is great! I like the way you are integrating your magnificent draftsmanship with large patterned, color shapes. Personally, I think your drawings can stand alone—without the addition of color. However, you are exploring some interesting territory there. Keep up the wonderful work.

My favorite of your works is the woman sitting with the area of yellow shapes.

Best of luck—

PS