At our Zoom demonstration last Wednesday Paul Berryman showed us his secret to shadows – use the Terminator!
Apart from a film character, ‘terminator’ is the word used for the border between sunlight and dark on a planet or moon. So this border between light and shade is what Paul focuses on when drawing life models.
He showed us how he draws, quickly and in one considered line, the outline of the model. Then he outlines the critical edge to the deep shades – the terminator. If I said he then fills it in and blurs it to the correct tonal values that would make it sound easy – but in essence that’s the plan.
What to use
It does depend on what you use, and Paul generously shared the tools he used on the demo as follows:
General’s Charcoal pencils – (orange) recommended 2B, 4B, not so much the 6B – very soft!
Tombow eraser – 2.3mm (try Jacksons for suppliers)
Seawhite newsprint pads A4 or A3 depending on your preference
Helix A5 Metal Pencil sharpener
Blending stumps, widely available anywhere
I was happy to see I was on the right lines with my first Life Drawing workshop as I’d brought a stack of newsprint (saved from packing when I moved) as it seemed a good medium with charcoal. But I must get those pencils and the Tombow eraser – and a good sharpener – I’ve already had several useful pastel pencils eaten by an ordinary sharpener!
I really enjoyed this demo – possible the more so because I could watch it from home and scribble as many notes as I liked. Paul also sent links to his model photos. I’m planning to practice on some of them.
The discussion on schools of drawing and the animation approach was very interesting. If you’ve missed it, or want to go over it again, Gill sent the link to the recording of the demo, but it’ll only be available for another week, so act now!
We had a quick discussion on lighting the models for our life drawing workshop, so I hope our organisers can get some good strong but low energy lights to enhance our model’s shadows for next time.
Comments from other members
It is certainly great not to venture out in these dark evenings.
Thank you for all the demo information on materials. There was a lot of information from Paul last night.
Thank you for forwarding the list- yes he was magic I thought. For me, best we’ve ever had.
Thank you so much Gill [for the recording link] that is excellent. We are looking forward to watching this demonstration when we have a moment.
It was a super demo, I shall enjoy it a second time with the recording, and I’m sure learn even more.
The final Life session of the year took place on Sunday with Vince as a new model to the group. He quickly got into some challenging poses, challenging for the artists that is, although he managed to maintain the poses with commendable stillness.
A surprise to all attending, was his standing pose atop of a double height structure giving all the chance to try a vertical standing pose. I think many hearts were in mouths while he settled himself, but he clearly knew what he was doing. We were all treated to various foreshorten poses, adding challenge and variety to the excellent session. We are all looking forward to starting again in January next year.
We’re still having some challenges with the heating in the hall for the model, but hopefully all will be sorted out soon.
The Drop-in is next Wednesday, 9th, at the Community Hall on Hursley Road, 10 till 1. If you haven’t already made your piece for December’s social event, you might like to fix that here!
Sunday 13th is the watercolour workshop with Phil Biggs, which looks most interesting, but is fully booked. And please note it is Sunday, not the more usual Saturday.
The following Sunday is month’s life drawing session, and like the watercolour workshop, is the last one of the year.
We start our winter demonstrations on Wednesday through the medium of Zoom (at your own home, or place of convenience). Life drawing in charcoal, by Paul Berryman. Watch for the members email with log-in details.
We welcomed some new members to our life drawing workshop in October (16th), but the main warmth was the hall itself. Not overly so, but much better than September!
Our model posed in several demanding poses over the two hours, for both him and the artists. Standing or bending over, using a support, were quicker poses (5 – 10 mins). Lying tended to be for 20-30 minute poses. Perspective from the foot up on a prone pose was especially difficult.
A quick check on a sample of attendees revealed several media in use. Pencil probably most common, but charcoal, pastel, inks, pastel pencil, and a first attempt at digital life drawing all made an appearance.
Don’t forget: our last live Demonstration of the year – Peter French -is on Wednesday at the Methodist Church.
It’s a busy week this week, with a cluster of active painting opportunities, only one of which has places available.
Wednesday 12th – Drop-in session
You don’t have to book for a Drop-in session, as that’s just what it is. Drop in between the hours of 10 and 1 at the Community Centre Hall on Hursley Road.
Bring your own work in progress, of any type–we have some dedicated fabric artists as well as people working in paint and other media. If you have liquid media, please bring something to protect the floor as well as the table.
Saturday 15th – Workshop with Ali Lindley
Ali’s earlier workshop was so popular, she’s back for more. Ali is a former member of the group, so she’s among friends as well as fellow-artists. This workshop will focus on abstracted landscapes, working in watercolour, and incorporating line and pattern. We hope to bring you a sample of the works here afterwards.
Sunday 16th – Life Drawing session
This is one of our regular life drawing events, in which our model poses for several five, ten and twenty minute sketches. We hope the hall will be warmer than it was in September. Our poor model had to cover up for the last pose to prevent risk of frostbite.
If you haven’t booked for the workshop or life drawing, then make sure you get in for future ones. The dates for the spring ones will be circulated soon. The club has a sophisticated system to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of getting at least one of their chosen events, which generally book up within a few weeks of publication. A waiting list also applies, in case of cancellations.
These events are for members only. Contact Roy and Gill Brophy for more information.