Aim of a Session

Paper and tape masked charcoal drawing, 20 minute pose.
One of the allures of sessions spent with one of my live models is the effect of working within the constrain of time with each pose. 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes; the constraint forces choices regarding which details, lines, shadows have enough relevance to capturing the likeness to justify investing the limited time at hand. It’s all experimental. The repetition of poses are rarely lessons in capturing detail, detail is an exercise for the studio, sessions are for gaining experience capturing proportion and shadow, finding and representing the hidden horizon lines of a form, for moving away from the idea that the entire form needs capturing and instead discovering a composition buried in what’s being presented.
“Marcus” session 41, charcoal on paper

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