Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Yesterday's model worked extremely hard.

There was one pose in particular where her head was turned away, and her body leaning back. She had to use her strength to maintain this pose, and to stop her body naturally leaning back further.

Also, the weight of the head can be difficult to hold for even a short period of time when tilted in this way.

You can see the results of that particular pose in the top drawing above.

I have to work fast and intensively, as the pose cannot be held for long. The model has to exert herself to hold it. This is a great example of teamwork in producing a drawing from life.

There are more drawings from this session here.


Eduardo Alvarado said...

Harriet, what an amazing work you are doing!


Brian Sloan said...

Great work Harriet. I get a sense that you are just getting warmed up to the figures. You are so lucky to have models on a regular basis over the last while. Are the drawings headed for the upcoming show?

Will you try working in paint at this speed? Like being on the land.

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks Eduardo and Brian.

Working in paint at this speed is brilliant idea, especially now that i am tuned into the figure.
These sketches are for the exhibition and some painted studies would make the exhibition even more rich and varied.
I better get on and prepare some small canvases then....

nicky said...

I will be more than happy to come again for another sitting. Just let me know.

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks Nicky.
I'd love to paint a study of you.
Perhaps after the easter hols?

Lesley said...

I'm really enjoying watching your progress with the models.

I too will be happy to sit again any time.

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks Lesley.
I 'll be in contact after the easter hols to arrange another sitting.
See you soon,

nicky imber said...

Hi Harriet

After Easter Holidays will also be good for me. Let me know when. Your drawings are amazing, the support group are really pleased with them. Regards Nicky