Air conditioning is the only thing keeping me sane right now. How about you?
A long overdue post from Society of Illustrators Sketch Night, and there are more ladies on the way! These two models were dressed as flappers. I think they were both burlesque performers.
One of them kept making these scowling, sneering expressions. She also had a septum ring and this wig made of shiny black feathers that looked like spiky hair, so I sent her about sixty years into the future:
Inside my head I usually see myself this way– age five, sharing some kind of beverage with my closest friends. The only thing that’s changed over the years is the beverage: “pretend tea” (air), water, apple juice, milk, iced tea mix, tea, coffee, whisky, coffee with whisky, and back to tea again these days.
Every Thursday, I try my best to show up at Society of Illustrators for their Sketch Night. As I mentioned earlier, I prefer Thursdays because the models wear some sort of costume. Some are wilder than others, like last week’s copper and gold combination of belly dancer, Slave Leia, and Mayan princess:
More sketches after the jump:
I still can! Even on the mornings when I think I can’t, I repeat it to myself like a mantra and somehow, I find the power to reach for sock #1.
The background for this is driving me crazy. I want to make it look like a pile or closet of clothes, with even more colorful patterns, but for now we will content ourselves with these pastel swirlies.
The Society of Illustrators is my favorite place to do figure drawing because not only do they always have live music and a full bar, it’s the only place I’ve been to where the models wear some sort of costume. That means a lot to me because there’s only so many times I can ask my friends and family to pose, and they’re not models, so they twitch and fidget (sorry guys!) which disturbs the intricate, ephemeral folds of cloth, and then I have to erase everything and have an aspirin.
Photo reference books for artists fill in the gaps once in a while, but they’re too static, no substitute for a real person who knows how to sit perfectly still for up to twenty minutes. Always appreciate your models!