OK. So why do we do life drawing?
This is not a rhetorical question. I don’t mean it in the sense that one might ask ‘What’s the point of Simon Cowell?’ because there is undoubtedly a lot of point in life drawing; in fact there are a number of different very good points to life drawing, and that is exactly my problem.
I don’t draw from life when I compose my paintings. I may occasionally grimace in the mirror or hold up a hand or an elbow to see the outline of it at a certain angle, but on the whole I am drawing (no pun intended) upon my knowledge of human anatomy and how everything hangs together when I put together a composition. The advantage is that this gives me greater freedom to bend the rules a little, to compose for dramatic and pleasing effect without being too bound by real exact reality. Given my subject matter…
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