Return to the Society of Illustrators
I love figure drawing sessions at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. It is a drop in program - 3 hours of drawing/painting two models who pose simultaneously. There is also live music and a bar to buy a glass of wine. From May through October I usually go to figure drawing weekly in Battery Park City - an outdoor venue that is hard to resist. But I used to go to Society of Illustrators faithfully once a month and this year my last visit was in June! On Tuesday night I went with my friend Casey who was visiting from France. I met Casey in 2007 through the Everyday Matters Yahoo Group and see her most often during NYC visits. The last time I saw her was a year ago in Paris.
One of the models was new to me and I found her short poses to be challenging and fun. Here are two of her two minute poses.
I sketched two 5 minute poses on the same large sheet of watercolor paper and then squeezed in another drawing. I love the challenge of trying to figure out the spacing and relationship among them. I used a sketch and wash pencil and shaded the figures with my waterbrush and clear water.
These are two of the 20 minute poses. I get bored easily, and probably finished these in 15 minutes and then looked over at the sketchpads of those sitting around me. We had a great evening and 19 sketches by the end! This page was too large for scanning, thus the gray-blue background from my camera.