Saturday, November 7, 2015

Young Woman from Russia

12" x 9" Charcoal on Paper
The models who have sat in the various portrait sessions I've attended over the years have come from all around the world. Probably most of the models have been locals, but a large percentage of them have come from other places, drawn to Utah for a variety of reasons. 

They've come from Mexico, Guatemala, the Caribbean, Peru, Bolivia, Brasil, and other South American countries. They've come from Hawaii, New Zealand, and other Polynesian cultures. Others have been from Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia, and India. Some have come from various West African nations and Europe. Not to mention - or maybe to especially mention - the Navajo, Sioux, Kiowa and other Native American tribes who have been represented in the different studios I've drawn in. This week has provided me with another opportunity to draw someone from Russia. 

The wide variety of nationalities, races and customs presented in the portrait sessions I've attended have been important to learning to draw individuals. To me, the individual is more important than the "ideal" that some painters pursue. It's the variety of individuals that bring a variety of good to the world.

For more about drawing sessions, go to "Labels" on the side bar and click on "sketching" or "drawing."

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