Gesture is the heartbeat of drawing a living model. Quickly, no time to think! Thirty seconds to five minutes: lay down the form, the angles, the attitude that define a pose and, if lucky, sometimes catch that spontaneous, ineffable “something” that the model has just as quickly revealed.
My nude drawings are records of deeply intimate conversations, moments during which both the model and I reveal ourselves.
The “Portrait pose” is the longest offered in a life drawing session. Minimally half an hour, but sometimes stretching into months, even years. For the model, it is an arduous physical commitment to strike, and hold, a consistent physical form while maintaining vitality and emotional content. For the artist, it is a treasured opportunity to fully consider gesture, form, proportion, light, time enough to express an intention, create a narrative, and experience an insight.