Life on the other side of the sketch pad!
The tutor had ambitious aims for the session. He would split the class in 2, half working in sketch pads while seated, the others doing larger pictures while standing at easels. This would get more students in the available space, the seated students forming an inner circle around the model, while those standing formed a concentric outer ring. All students would use 2 techniques, first laying out the form of the pose in black ink, then adding tone in the form of coloured chalk. While the ink pictures were drying, the students were briefed on a later assignment coming their way. During the 2 drawing periods, I reclined on a podium in the centre, lit only by a single high spotlight.
The first bout of ink drawing in semi-darkness led to a certain amount of spillage of the sticky Indian ink, some of which transferred to the soles of…
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