In Praise Of Life Models

3 Oct

tonya 30 mins b

The life models who pose at Swansea Print Workshop are experienced, patient and also physically and mentally fit – you have to be in order to keep still for anything up to an hour. I’ve done it a few times myself and it’s really hard going. Our model this week held this pose on her knees for a full thirty minutes. She’s terrific. I used willow charcoal onto vintage paper – it’s not watermarked so I don’t know the maker. It’s very smooth and the charcoal smudged and skidded across the top of the paper rather than being held by a textured surface. It took a bit of getting used to but I worked with the smudginess in the end. I love the foreshortening on this pose, the large looming feet.




A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

5 Responses to “In Praise Of Life Models”

  1. namelessneed October 23, 2020 at 20:28 #


  2. Helen Cherry October 3, 2020 at 21:38 #

    I have a friend who’s a life model and I know from listening to her, how difficult it is. I am a terrible fidget so would be hopeless.
    This is a lovely image Rose

    • Rosie Scribblah October 4, 2020 at 20:13 #

      Thanks Helen. I found when I’ve done it that my nose starts to itch badly about 30 seconds after the pose starts!!!!!

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