Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Costumed Model Sketches

As I mentioned a couple posts ago, most Tuesday evenings I can be found at Visual arts Brampton for the open workshop life drawing sessions. One of our regular models, Heather, has been posing for us both this week and last. Just for a change from the usual life drawing, Heather had brought some costumes that she put on for the longer studies. As Heather has a background in dance, last week she brought along her ballet wear to do her final poses in. Lovely Heather looked like she'd stepped right out of a Degas painting, and I thought I'd post a couple of my sketches here. As I often do, in the second sketch I reverted back to my caricatured style, as I really enjoy capturing the cuteness of our regular models. I've probably made Heather look about 16 here, but I like the more cartooned proportions.




For tonight's session, Heather had brought along a sari to wear for her last couple of poses. Taking a cue from her rather majestic standing pose with the staff, I envisioned her as an exotic high priestess, complete with a serpent head sceptre. (And yes, in both poses I took certain other liberties...) I also took a reference photo with Heather's permission, so that I could later compare the drawing and the pic taken from the same vantage point. In hindsight, I can now see how I've made her head a bit bigger relative to her body, as is my tendency to do, although admittedly not intentionally in this case. I think it's my background as a cartoonist that leads to this slight proportion discrepancy, but I honestly can't see it at the time. Funny thing is, on those occasions when I have drawn the head/body ratio more accurately, it always looks odd to me! Ah well...





Again, just a reminder that the life drawing sessions are every Tuesday evening at Visual Arts Brampton, from 7:00 to 9:30. It's just $10 per session and there's no obligation to sign up for anything - it's just an open workshop without instruction. Please check the VAB website for more information. I hope to see some of my local readers there sometime!

8 comments:

ian said...

Beautiful stuff Pete! Looking forward to more of these, I love the life drawings but I have to admit that I like your more usual cartoon style best in these.

Also looking forward to your videos - haven't watched the one posted yet but will soon.

Ogi Grujic said...

i love your art style!

Niki said...

I'd come, but Atlanta is a long way from Ontario

Tony DiStefano said...

Your work is really good. These drawing have the feel of the Disney artist from the 40s and 50s.

Devere Wint said...

Disney artist yes 40's and 50's no he's not that old are you Pter? lol. great sketches. Love em

Raff said...

I don't blame you for drawing the heads bigger, it looks sweeter and more drawing-ish that way.

Eyassu said...

awesome stuff pete! i really like your life drawings :D

Khoi Mai said...

WOW!!