Forgot to mention that last weekend I went to a life drawing class organised by one of my colleagues at the art school. She'd mentioned in the email that she'd booked 'C' as the model. Having not hung around life modelling circles for a while, and needing to know what materials to pack, I wanted to know what C looked like (it's a name that can apply to both sexes). You know, if C was a short, round woman, I would have packed the soft lush black charcoal. If tall, male and boney, it would have been the 2B pencil.
Her email replied: 'C is a tall lean/ muscular dude.'
So I went along with pencils, hard charcoal, and a biro.
C *is* a tall, very muscular young dude, with a back, sack and crack job, I suspect, because he's pretty hairless. Very wide shoulders, narrow hips, a bit like Michelangelo's David, but with very straight dark hair that hangs lankly on either side of his face. Like most people who take up life modelling, he's determined to have a distinct personality: he only seems to wear white, with purple crocs, and his poses are extremely energetic, which is fantastic for the short poses, but a bit much for the longer poses because his limbs start to droop out of place.
It was a mildly intimidating morning, because the room was full of artists who either teach at the art school, used to be teachers, or went there as students and now have fab arts-industry jobs. C would freeze himself into a pose that always seemed to leave me with intense foreshortening, and all I could think about as I drew was that any minute now, Jahteh would burst through the door, grab C, throw him over her shoulder and run out the door again, taking him home to do her washing up and promising to buy him some new white clothes if he was a very good boy.
Postscript: I got a chance to scan a drawing. This relates to the comments thread if you check it out (although this is NOT my first drawing for the session. It's my second-last, and took 15 minutes. I don't like his upper shoulder/chest bit, but I'm quite pleased with this from the waist down.):
Apologies for the line down his middle. It's an A3 drawing and the scanner is only A4.