at the RA Schools Life Class, which turns out to be the last one for a few weeks :/

Took along a sketchbook and found myself thinking about portraiture (with a commission coming up next month) and returned to her face for the last drawing.

Ignored Matisse’s advice:

I don’t put in eyes sometimes, or a mouth for my figures…. but that’s because the face is anonymous.  Because the expression is carried by the whole picture.  arms, legs, all the lines act like parts of an orchestra, a register, movements, different pitches.  if you put in eyes, nose, mouth, it doesn’t serve for much; on the contrary, doing so paralyses the imagination of the spectator, and obliges him to see a specific person, a certain resemblance, and so on; whereas if you paint lines, values, forces, the spectator’s soul becomes involved in the maze of these multiple elements… and so, his imagination is freed from all limits ….

Also I seem to have been working in the future, dating the drawings 14/3/14 (four days ahead).

Life Class in pencil JONATHAN ELLIS 21.5 x 13.5 cm 10 March 2014

Life Class in pencil JONATHAN ELLIS
21.5 x 13.5 cm
10 March 2014

Life Class in ProMarker JONATHAN ELLIS 21.5 x 13.5 cm 10 March 2014

Life Class in ProMarker JONATHAN ELLIS
21.5 x 13.5 cm
10 March 2014

Life Class in ProMarker and pen  JONATHAN ELLIS 21.5 x 13.5 cm 10 March 2014

Life Class in ProMarker and pen
JONATHAN ELLIS
21.5 x 13.5 cm
10 March 2014

Life Class in ProMarker JONATHAN ELLIS 24 x 22 cm 10 March 2014

Life Class in ProMarker JONATHAN ELLIS
24 x 22 cm
10 March 2014

Woman's Head JONATHAN ELLIS 14 x 10 cm 10 March 2014

Woman’s Head
JONATHAN ELLIS
14 x 10 cm
10 March 2014

Life Class in ProMarker (Detail) JONATHAN ELLIS 21.5 x 13.5 cm 10 March 2014

Life Class in ProMarker (Detail)
JONATHAN ELLIS
21.5 x 13.5 cm
10 March 2014

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