Petrova modelled three half-hour poses by the bookshelves. The idea was that they were to be very natural positions, and I encouraged our artists to pay special attention to her hands.
Angela sneakily chose a back view, which cut out one of the hands. But she made a nice job of the hand she could see, so she is forgiven.
Actually, I like this a lot, and I wonder if you would like to develop it into more of a picture. You might want to do more work on the bookshelf. Seems to me the pattern of the books could make a strong, decorative background against which the figure (which as well as being convincing is quite sparely drawn) would stand out well. Just a thought.
Same pose, from the opposite side, drawn by Jane. You had to deal with the outstretched arm coming directly towards you, which is quite a challenge. It’s the only weak part of the drawing, but it’s human nature for that to override the good things – such as the excellent drawing of hips and thighs. At base, this sort of drawing is not about perfect results, it’s a process that walks a tightrope between successes and failures, and really it’s about what you learn from it.
Marta's view of the same pose. The anatomy isn't quite right but this has poise and charm and the feel of a children's book illustration. Nice work on the clothes.
Angela. The essence of the pose is right, but you had a nasty bit of foreshortening to deal with on the knee, and somehow it didn’t come right for you. Good hands, I’m pleased to see.
Marta. Shame there wasn’t time to finish this, as you’ve caught the pose well. I like the work on her blouse, and the way the background shading defines the hair. Good hands!Jane. You seem to have no trouble getting the poise and weight of the pose right, with angle of the head and slight tension of the shoulders particularly well judged.
It’s interesting that you feel more at ease with charcoal than pencil. No problem with that.
Marta. Once again, I clearly haven’t given you enough time – sorry! But, having watched you struggling with the facial features of your figures, I’m really pleased to see such a convincing face here. And good hands!
Angela. And more good hands!
It’s very gratifying to see these good results after the intensive handathon of the last few weeks.
I should make the point that Kevin and Julie were drawing these poses too. Kevin’s pencil work was just too light to scan properly – sorry – and Julie, who was wrestling with the problem of containing her pictures on the paper (she ended up on A2, and could well go bigger yet) decided she didn’t want her results posted this week. Julie’s fans can look at her wildlife pics instead.