(Warning - this post includes life drawings of an unclothed male model).
The class fee included entrance to the exhibition - and the class started with a quick visit to see the drawings about proportion. Yet again I marvelled at how he could draw such tiny figures in ink and at what good condition most of the work was in despite being fifteenth century. Interestingly one of sheets of small figures done in black chalk had virtually disapeared - except for the ones he had inked in. Moral of the story - draw in ink more!
The animations (which you can see online) are very impressive when seen cinema style projected on to the wall above the exhibition cases.
The class had an excellent male model who used a pole to take and hold excellent positions which revealed tension, muscular structure, sinew and veins.
Class started with five minute quickie drawings - to get used to both drawing this particular model and also to try or practice drawing with different materials before choosing which media to use when drawing the long pose. As the drawings are on a middle tone paper I've tweaked the contrast ever so slightly so you can see them more clearly.
First (see left) pencil - just using line, then pencil but only drawing tone (and no line).
Followed by charcoal and white conte, then brown/red conte and finally a seven minute drawing drawing with a brush using indian ink and adding white conte (see above).
The model then demonstrated options for the long pose and the class then chose one which was rather reminiscent of da Vinci's Vitruvian man. He turned side on to the class so that half of us had the rear view and half had the frontal perspective with just a few having a side view. His capacity to stand for long periods while using the poles was phenomenal.
I first drew in a rough shape in mechanical pencil and then developed this long pose sketch using conte pastels - with the odd bit of coloured pencil. I haven't used conte in ages and had forgotten how satisfying it can be to draw with - especially when sharpened. I finished this with time to spare so did another drawing - but forgot to photograph that one!
- Experience, Experiment, Design - Leonardo da Vinci
- Events at the Victoria and Albert Museum - c0onnected to the Da Vinci exhibition
- Making the Mark: drawings and notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci