I spent Friday through Sunday in a workshop with artist Robert Liberace. It was fun, challenging and also quite exhausting (my poor aching feet!).
Rob changed the format of this workshop (I’d attended a similar one last spring) and I really liked it. Basically we sat in another classroom on Friday and Saturday and Rob gave a demo for the first hour and one-half . He used charcoal for the two days and on the final day he sat among the students and worked on a silverpoint drawing of Adam.
I liked the work I did during the workshop; I worked in charcoal on Friday and then switched to colored pencil for Saturday and Sunday. I am slowly getting over my dislike of charcoal (and the mess associated with it) and I love how you can wipe it out and keep reworking it. It’s very forgiving.
On Saturday I drew a torso of Adam. Although four hours sounds like a long time, it’s not. It’s enough time to capture the attitude and angles of the model (and his dynamic pose) and make sure you’ve nailed the shadows. I only had a little bit of time to spend on the actual torso to capture what his muscles were up to.
On Sunday it was like I was a cat on a hot tin roof, I couldn’t settle down for squat. I tired two different drawings, charcoal on non-charcoal paper (a mistake) and then finally two different attempts of the model. I nailed it on the final attempt. But I’d started late which forced me to keep the figure small and to make decisions on what I would draw.
I literally could only suggest the legs and what the arms were doing. I spent all my time trying to make what I was seeing make sense on the paper. The model was seated and pulling a large rope, this made his pectoral muscles bulge and the profile of one was really distorted. So tried to draw it in a way that made it clear what the model was doing. Not sure I succeeded; Rob did tell me that I did a great job on making the form and shadows rounded and lifelike…yeah me!
Note I still have to move the pictures to my computer but I will do so Wednesday. I have class tomorrow evening.