Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Quick Portrait Sketch

10" x 8" Charcoal on Paper
The two open portrait sessions I attend most every week in Pleasant Grove are about doing a single three hour long pose (with breaks) each session. I like doing that, as it allows me to more carefully work out problems and also work on finish. There is a new drawing session starting up at Materworks Frames in Orem, however, that is more concerned with doing several shorter poses in a session. It's perhaps because of my obsessive-compulsive nature that a bunch of short poses is not my favorite way to spend a drawing session. It is, however, a good way to learn how to edit, simplify, and not dawdle. Practicing that in sketches from life can have a positive effect on your finished works. Between sessions with a single long pose and those that have several shorter poses, is one better than the other? It may depend on what you want to do, but I don't think so. Skills developed in both methods of drawing practice contribute qualities that support each other in finished works.

The picture shown above is the final sketch I did at yesterday's inaugural session at Masterworks Frames. It took a little over an hour. If you're interested in attending any drawing sessions at the gallery, just click here for more information.

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