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Old 03-10-2009, 07:22 PM
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Use to denote nudity/mature subject matter 10th March 2009: Less is Moore(ish)

The life sessions I attend are run by the local education authority and so every term we have a "Cultural equality and diversity" session. Not sure that it fits but the idea is to draw/paint "in the style of" a famous artist. To be honest I'm not keen on the style side of things though it is a good opportunity to try different techniques or approaches.

First though some quickies. About 4 minutes, though the first was over 5 which was nice as it gave some time to look at the tonal changes. Two pencil, two charcoal pencil on A2.



For the long pose I'd picked Henry Moore's drawings. He worked both abstractly and figuratively and I was trying to keep a figurative approach whilst using his techniques. Here are a few examples.
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/lili/per...ore_family.jpg

http://www.henry-moore-fdn.co.uk/mat...hp?page_id=536

In terms of mediums he used pencil, wax crayons, watercolour washes and pen and ink. In terms of his approach he used cross contour lines a lot to show 3-dimensional forms

http://drawsketch.about.com/od/drawi...osscontour.htm

He also used tone to show depth rather than light and shadows.

After all the waffle here was my attempt after about 1 hour 10 minutes. I didn't get chance to add the ink to push the background back so this is in pencil, wax pastel (black and white) and watercolour washes.



Thanks for looking.
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Re: 10th March 2009: Less is Moore(ish)

Graet image, Nathan. Thanks, too for the links. All three were interesting.
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. . we have a "Cultural equality and diversity" session.
If they try that here, I'll hang them by whatever anatomy study hurts the worst.



Love the last drawing.
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Re: 10th March 2009: Less is Moore(ish)

Kate, thanks. I couldn't find the exact drawings I was using for source materials though they might be on that second link's site. They were from a book "Henry Moore at Dulwich Picture Gallery"

Thanks Richard. I agree with the you about the political meddling, though I suspect my reasons may be different. I find it a joke that we were diversifying by all drawing in the style of various white, Europeans. I was going to say male but someone used Tamara de Lempicka as a source.
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Hi Nathan....it's along way from diversifying that I am....still trying to find my own feet You did a great job... I'll be back later to check out the links..thanks

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That is a beautiful rendition of Moore's 'style' Nathan, and yet its full of originality. I also like the solidity of the first image - standing man, top left... not easy to topple him over! I wonder if you would do a series in that wash and contour technique, looks like you've taken to it very well.
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You’re very good at getting the best out of your tutored sessions Nathan, good research and outcome on these. you're an inspiration Dave
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Re: 10th March 2009: Less is Moore(ish)

Thanks Jane.

Prosenjit, I also liked the first quick one, it was my favourite from the evening. Whilst I was doing the wash it reminded me of those you post. I will be having a go with wash but I'm trying to get away from the clear separation of figure and ground that this technique seems to emphasize.

Thanks Dave. I've really been enjoying the sessions this term though I've been struggling to do anything other than experiments (or rather scribbles and muddled bits of paintings) outside the sessions.
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Very interesting approach, Nathan, and very well executed, too! Since I know Henry Moore more as a sculptor, this cross contour technique must have been very useful to study 3-d modelling! I´ll give it a try, too!
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Re: 10th March 2009: Less is Moore(ish)

I think the cross contouring piece is very interesting, I remember your post of the Henry Moore sculptures so I guess he is someone who inspires you. I relooked at a Barbara Hepworth sketch that I fell for to see if it was cross contouring too but its hard to tell although it may have started that way. Sculptors drawings in general are probably a good thing to take a closer look at - hadnt thought of that before.

The quickies are pretty detailed and accurate in the time, you are doing well. As I am sure you know local authorities have been clamping down on adult education courses where there is no exam so if you have to suffer a bit of political correctness to keep the sessions going its probably worth it.
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that Henry Moore study is nice, seems like a good way to learn.
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Thanks Osmar, I look forward to seeing your experiments

Not really an influence Tina. Rather the person running the session suggests to try something different so I thought Moore's loose approach was a good idea. Unfortunately with the time and scale (A2 being too big) I didn't really attack the paper much. I don't mind all the form filling we have to do with the local authority course, I'm more concerned that we only had 9 people enroll this term and you are supposed to have at least 10 to run the sessions. Doesn't look good for summer .

Thanks Jack, it's another way to represent the cylinders, cones and cubes that are often mentioned in breaking down the figure.
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Full marks Nathan you did a fine job there
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Re: 10th March 2009: Less is Moore(ish)

That's an interesting exercise Nathan... and useful to get out of your own box and try to experience a different viewpoint!
I was only familiar with some of Moore's sculptures so those links were interesting too.

This looked like another worthwhile week!

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Thanks Trevor.

Mac thanks. I really enjoyed it though the sessions always seems so short.
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