|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),
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.
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.