Wednesday, 23 September 2009


I was very fortunate to have a whole day with a friend who worked very hard indeed at sitting for me as my model.

She was very tolerant, and patient with my sometimes rather abrupt direction. In my enthusiasm I sometimes put models in poses which are not always easy to hold, but this did not faze her.

For this session I worked on lots of quick charcoal studies. Next time she sits for me I'll use pencils, which will demand a different approach. I had a really enjoyable and productive day, and I'm really looking forward to drawing her again in November.

I've put more of the drawings up on my website.

These drawings are part of a series I'm working on in preparation for an exhibition I'm planning on the theme of breast cancer and women who've been affected by it. I'll write more about this in the coming weeks.


Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

This is a good start to your exhibition work..
I'm looking forward to seeing how it all progresses :0)

PD said...

These are beautifully free drawings. I always thought that the slade school taught a very analytical approach to drawing?-yet you seem to have freed yourself from it.

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks Chris and PD..

@ PD. Yes the Slade is excellent at teaching a thorough and analytical approach to observational drawing but they didn't encourage imitating a particular style of drawing or stylized mark making...its all about looking and understanding.
For example; Uglow was good at making us concentrate on the the sense of gravity or the weight of the figure with the feet convincingly placed firmly on the floor. If this wasn't achieved he would say "its not a gail force 9"

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Eduardo Alvarado said...

Dear Harriet, beautiful drawings!

PD: Anad as always, very interesting comments about Uglow´s teachings!

Harriet Barber said...

Hi Eduardo,

Lovely to hear from you again!
I am enjoying looking at your work too.
Will write more to you later.