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Senôr Momento Is Stalking Me!

10 May

Life drawing in ink and compressed charcoal.

After yesterday’s encounter with Senôr Momento where I wandered through the city centre with my skirt hem tucked into my tights I resolved to wear trousers today. I put a pair of leggings on and because it was so chilly this morning, wore a pair of loose-fitting, cropped trousers over them. Halfway through the morning I popped into the loo at the studios and came out with my trousers around my ankles. I completely forgot they were there and nearly fell over them. And almost fell over another artist waiting outside, to compound my embarrassment. I get the feeling that Senôr Momento is stalking me now that he’s found me!

I’ve just got back from life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop, so Thursday is a very long day for me and I’m pretty much scribbled-out. This model is a retired lady with a voluptuous body. I admire her confidence and self-assurance and I love drawing her. It took me ages to get a good drawing of her, perhaps a couple of years but I persevered and now she’s one of my favourites. I like drawing models who are older and whose physical types don’t conform to the current fashions of ‘beauty’. I admire the work of Lucien Freud who worked with models of all shapes, sizes and ages and showed that beauty is inherent in us all and that we don’t need to be young, permanently dieting or retouched by Photoshop.

The drawing is in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S, M and B and compressed charcoal into a 30cm squared Bockingford sketchbook. I stood very close, hovering above her to emphasise the foreshortening.

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