Alive After Five Week #3

Our model yesterday, Stephanie, at Alive After Five, was very good.  She came equipped with a goth outfit and black lacy umbrella.  Her poses were so amazing that she stopped people who were passing by, and they paused to watch us sketch.  Normally they stroll by and don’t even glance our way.  Stephanie didn’t have a snake, her personality and outfit caught people’s eye.

We requested 2, 5 and some 10 minute poses.  She was very good and came up with some great poses, even down to exaggerating her fingers.   I just read an article about contrapposto, which means “counter-posture” in Italian, and Stephanie pulled some contrappostro poses off naturally, with ease. I was delighted that I was able to sketch these poses just after reading about them in.

Here are the sketches from last evening, you can tell the amount of time that I had per sketch by the amount of detail….

This one below, is a classic example of contrapposto….the torso is going in the opposite direction as the hips….the body counter balances itself to adjust the weight of the pose.

Sketching Out

We went out to dinner last night and as we were debating healthy options, I sketched the little old man at the bar on the left page.  Eventually he paid his tab and left.  I wondered why he was drinking alone.

  I started to work on the rest of the bar when a couple came in and sat down right where I had already drawn the tree that was in the middle of the bar, and the bar stools.  So I drew the couple over top of the previous drawing, but I had to do the woman in colored pencil because the tree was there first. I left her with color and the rest black and white because it seemed to suit the sketch the way I did it.

This sketchbook is the first one I ever made.  I had it tucked in a shelf and I thought it was time to use it.   I carry this one in my hand bag with limited supplies so that I always having something on hand if I want to sketch.