Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Life drawing at The Tobacco Factory
As any fool knows, if you are to draw cartoon lions with any degree of competence, it is essential that you first develop a decent understanding of the human form..namely by going to lifedrawing sessions.
Now for the record I had got a bit bored of lifedrawing. Poses seemed to be the same wherever I went (Hand on hip...check. Hands on head...check. Sat on floor with head on knee....and so on) and they didn't seem to relate to things people actually do (eg interact with the world around them). So I was a tad sceptical when I first went to the Tobacco Factory to do their class...but hats off - it's ace!!
Michelle Cioccoloni who organises it actually seems to think about what she gets the models to do and why - she brings in ref pictures to give people inspiration; the models often lean on things, pull ropes etc to show muscle tension and balance, and wear clothes or are draped in fabric so you can see how material hangs/folds.