Life drawing at ARCSOC. It was hard for me to render my own perspective as I was busy trying to capture the individuality of the model and the pose. I often feel similar trade-off between the artist’s style and the uniqueness of the object. (Compare, for example, Picasso’s early, realistic paintings vs. his late cubist paintings.) I wish I could find a way to capture both. Do you feel such tension when you draw? If so, how do you deal with it?
I added ink to the original pencil drawing. I wasn’t sure how to deal with the complex lines of the trees – if I were to draw them all with pen, they would have overshadowed the church. So I tried wash and exaggerated the contrast. The moleskin paper was too thin to take the heavy wash but I was happy with the depth from the wash. The drawing started unexpected anyway.
Sketched on site. Pen and wash afterwards. YK 2019.
The city center of Cambridge is usually busy with tourists and shoppers during weekends, so if I have to shop, I usually scramble to get out of the center as soon as possible. But this time I decided to take my time and check out a cafe my friend recommended. The inside was full and steamy, so I had to take a seat outside, and funny enough, only then I noticed the view of The Round Church, the 800-year-old church that I have long wanted to visit.
The air was hazy and cool, and as I drew, someone knocked on the cafe window behind me. An elderly couple smiled and raised their thumbs. It was a sweet unexpected excursion in the middle of the busy city.
I’m experimenting using forms as simple as possible. Then I’ll think more about the conceptual side – what I’m drawing, and whether there is a new message worth conveying.
Sketched at Drink & Draw at The Museum of Classical Archaeology; coloured afterwards.
According to the caption:
it used to be believed that this … satyr [is] tapping a foot clapper … to encourage a nymph … to join him dancing. This theory is now doubted. … A wide range of dates have been given by different scholars … perhaps shorty before 100 BCE is the most likely.