Saturday, November 03, 2007

One minute sketches


I and a friend of mine went to the most unusual life drawing session I have ever been to the other night. The model was a man who practiced tai chi, karate, and an African form of yoga.

He divided the drawing session into three half-hours with one practice each, and he changed into the proper clothes before each half-hour. Then he moved around, stopping for one-minute poses every now and then.

We had our hands full trying to capture his poses. In the beginning I didn´t succeed at all, I got all stressed out by the short poses. But after a while you kind of get the fact that you only have one minute, so you have to speed up. After a while I managed to work up a drawing speed that was just about enough to capture the main lines.

After drawing one-minute poses for two hours I was exhausted. It was difficult, but really fun, and I got loads of incredibly good practice.

Cretacolor NERO pencil sketches on A3 cartridge paper.

23 comments:

Anita said...

can imagine how challenging it must have been Nina, you did a fantastic job!

Africantapestry said...

These sketches are all wonderful Nina! And what an interesting session with all these exciting, different poses. Great work!
Ronell

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

WOW, Nina, what a wonderful discipline! I love these, they capture the discipline as well as the humanity...

Sharon said...

These are just wonderful! Amazing how much a simple line can convey.

Felicity said...

Wow, I can imagine how exhausting that must have been but these sketches are wonderful! They give a real feel for the poses he must have been doing and they look really interesting.

Deborah said...

What an interesting day. I am not into life drawing but I think this would be a fun way to draw figures. Great job capturing the gestures.

Margie said...

Interesting what you say about gradually fitting your drawing to the time limit. With such a dynamic model, can see why it would be exhausting. Thankyou so much for sharing these!

E-J said...

What a cool subject! Your drawings just seem to flow. They have great rhythm.

bec said...

This really sounds like fun! You did a great job capturing these poses.

josé louro said...

Sometimes the fact that we dont have time its just what we need.

Ella said...

The poses look fascinating. I can also see why you were quite exhausted at the end of the session. I am just reading Mattesi's "Force: The Key to Capturing Life Through Drawing", so I love looking at how other people capture movement.

lyn said...

Great to capture the image in one minute. I belong to a group of artists that hire a model once a month, we start with 6 to 8, 2 minute poses 1 minute was not long enough! Nice work!
Lyn

Sherry said...

I love these drawings! While nudes are onteresting, these figures are challenging too, with the way loose fabric drapes.

good with color said...

Those are wonderful, and how fortunate you are to have had this opportunity. I'm definitelygoing to put the wod out about this, in hopes we can come up with something similar.

Your sketches have a lovely, fluid feel.

martha said...

I love your results! It sounds really fun too, if tiring. I can imagine it really get your drawing flowing after awhile.

Jana Bouc said...

These are just fabulous and very inspiring. I would love an opportunity to draw such vibrant poses -- so much more interesting than the sleepy, languid models I usually encounter. But 2 hours of quick sketches -- that's tough!

juj said...

I'm so envious! What fun this must have been! Your sketches are fabulous - dynamic and full of life. Thankss so much for sharing.

caseytoussaint said...

You've got some very beautiful work here! What wonderful practice that must be, but I can only imagine how exhausted you were.

dibujandoarte said...

Oh Nina! I love these quick sketches!!! I always think of going to one of these oriental sessions to draw or even to some sqaure where there are clowns, people doing yoga or some activities where they don't move too fast but never find the time. You've done an EXCELLENT JOB!!!

ujwala said...

these are beautiful. great job! and a super idea too. i love your lines in them and you've captured the moves and movements so well.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

one minute??? theya re all amazing, Nina. wow.

df said...

these are great!

phthaloblu said...

These are really great for 1 minute sketches. I learned many years ago that my main body of work got better the more practiced I became with the short-short poses.