Saturday, May 13, 2006

What is it like drawing a naked life model?

Jonathan Cooper is Manager of Information at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, and if you click on the link above, you will find an interesting account of what it was like for him to attend a life drawing class. He also gives an account of what he thinks it is like for a (female) life model in a class situation. Here is a brief snippett of the article;

"It is no secret that life drawing is a very artificial activity. It has well established rules, most of them unwritten, most even generally unstated. As a draw-er I am not supposed to think of the model as I did just then. Instead I am supposed to think of her as a form to be studied, a collection of surfaces and tones, just as a pumpkin is a collection of surfaces and tones. For her part, the model is expected to think of herself in this way also. To this end, she must virtually leave her own body and cut herself off from the reality of the room she is in".


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