Thursday, October 30, 2008

Quick Draw

This afternoon I went to an Open Life Drawing Session at the McLean Community Center as a drop-in for the second time. Today was so much better than last week mainly because I always need to get acclimated to my environment in order to do decent work. Last week, it seemed whenever I reached into my drawing box, I was missing what I needed. Better prep this week helped and allowed me to change gears when I felt like it.

All the poses for these Open Life sessions are quick. They start with a series of just one minute poses, then go to a couple of five minutes, then 10 minutes, 15 minutes and end with one hour long pose with a break. So, here's a sampling of what I did.

Open Life sessions are most Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4pm and cost only $9 as a drop-in (even less per session if you sign up for the series).

The drawing in black is done with vine charcoal and General's charcoal pencils. The red drawings are done with chunks of real red chalk I bought in Florence, Italy from Zecchi's, plus some conte crayon and a touch of red pencil. I found the red chalk inspiring!


Anonymous said...

Jill, I enjoyed seeing what you are doing day to day since I only get to see you around town briefly. I always find my pop in visits to the Atelier inspiring - the work everyone there does is phenomenal. Keep blogging, but don't fail to put some paint on a canvas everyday. And, have you tried any more water colors?

Jill Banks said...

Doris, I keep blogging and painting and when I simply have to choose (during super busy times), I choose painting. The only watercolors I've done lately are the single color washes -- such as my Venice scene or nudes. They're on my blog.