WEDNESDAY 26th NOVEMBER, 2014 – ANALYTICAL LIFE CLASS: STUDENTS’ ARTWORK

JONATHAN ELLIS – FIGURING IT OUT

NO 7 OF 9 ALL-DAY LIFE CLASSES IN THE LONDON SKETCH CLUB IN DILKE STREET

JONATHAN ELLIS – FIGURING IT OUT

THIS ANALYTICAL DAY COMPRISED A WHOLE DAY WORKING IN FRONT OF MARIANA, OUR MODEL, WITH DRAWING EXERCISES FOLLOWED BY PAINTING. THIS CLASS used a balanced palette based on Toulouse-Lautrec’s early painted life studies.

Diana Kan: Every good painting must be based on a good drawing. Drawing is like the bones to the human body

Toulouse-Lautrec: I have tried to do what is true and not ideal.

The Artists brought with them 3 pieces of paper or canvas/board – one primed in green, one in yellow ochre and one in violet.

According to Jonathan Jones, just after Toulouse-Lautrec’ nominal 150th birthday, he remains … ‘one of the most radical, raw and courageous of all modern artists.’

This was always going to be a day about the quality of drawing and we started with a handful of 9-second, 9-line drawings as Mariana struck pose after pose, in response to Toulouse-Lautrec’s own swift studies.

Then the artists worked on studies on small pieces of cardboard using charcoal, chalk and oil pastels.

Initially, charcoal was used to create descriptive, confident drawings, later enlivened with white chalk. Then coloured lines were used and gradually we concentrated on Toulouse-Lautrec’s eye for the flat, bright, graphic use of colour, which we returned to in the afternoon’s paintings.

I can’t think of another course when the afternoon’s paintings were so genuinely linked to the morning’s drawings. Having identified T-L’s confident approach to drawing, we noticed that he drew with paint in a directly comparable way to his drawing studies.

Enjoy the morning’s work, ordered by artist:

The afternoon paintings, in sequence (three pieces each):

 

 

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