I was able to draw from the live model last night for the first time in a couple of weeks...man I really miss it when I don't go at least once a week! I think it's fair to say I'm addicted to drawing from the live model!
And of course last night was a wonderful drawing session because Mike was on the stand. This is the long pose from our drawing session. Shane recommended something "compact" - which I love (Mike IS the "human pretzel")
Staging the pose is very important. When working with a large group, goal number one should be to provide an interesting pose from all angles.
This pose was reworked a bit as we all surveyed it from our different vantage points. The outstretched arm was repositioned several times, and we settled on this suggestion from Shane that he called "drawing in the sand". What's nice about the outstretched arm was the "nook" it created behind it where mike's legs were tucked underneath. From the other angles, it added a nice negative shape to an otherwise compact pose.
Plus it played up Mike's structure in his arm and back - the lighting and the pose came together and we had a wonderful night of drawing.
Well we've had 48 hours of rain here in Woodstock, GA so getting a phot of the drawing in natural light is not happening. So I was trying to get a good picture of this drawing indoors...which is hard because the lighting is difficult, but also because every time Ari sees the camera she runs over and says "Cheese!"
So...here's my little peanut and the drawing!