I helped out at the Contemporary Art Gallery today with a marathon shift at the front desk. To help pass the time (and to warm up for a drawing project tonight), I decided to challenge myself to capture at least 3 of Matthew Monahan‘s sculptures in 30 second sketches. Once completed, I then tracked +1 minutes and +5 minute intervals drawing the works. Finally, I snagged any spare time between greeting visitors to finish fleshing out the drawings.
They were probably amongst the hardest things I have ever tried to draw in my life. Life drawing frustrates most novices because they rush through the lines or they haven’t learned the tricks to help capture a live subject. It does take practice. However, I like a quick and dirty life drawing session. Not only do my models usually pose nude (AWESOME!), but the human figure can be captured overall by a few quick strokes. Torso, check. Legs, check. Head, check. But with abstract (even with Matthew’s figurative works), you really need to look at what’s in front of you. I would occasionally sketch in limbs that simply weren’t there and would confuse myself when looking for landmarks to match proportions.
I’m pretty happy with my sketches of Datong & Indigence, but Squint Spirits suffered from my drawing from across the room and from my end of day impatience.