I've been lucky enought o have found a great group of talented and supportive artists here north of Atlanta (that would be OTP...not ITP for my fellow Georgians). We draw a couple times a week from the live model - when the weather is not too oppressive! So right now we are taking a break while the August nights are sweltering, but here are a couple of drawings I did before the summer got too hot.
These are both drawings of a model named Mike, who is THE BEST model I have worked with in the 15 years I have been drawing from live models. He is truly dedicated to his craft - he knows that's it's more than just holding still - he researches poses, brings supports, props and blankets, and genuinly understands that he is a vital part of the artistic process. Thanks Mike!
And how do I repay you? By turning you into a human pretzel! The picture on the left of Mike turning away was only a 30 minute pose - I can't believe he held it that long! The standing pose was two hours - the light and shadow were beautiful.
The pretzel pose was my idea...the standing pose was decided on before I got to the drawing session....Mike now has terror in his eyes if I arrive on time!!!