A rather so-so life drawing session today, with no pieces that leapt out as personal bests and more than my fair share of mediocre work. Even so, I still enjoyed myself, savouring the very process of drawing and painting even if the results were no great shakes.
With the short poses, I went back to charcoal in my ongoing yet inevitably doomed attempt to draw fast charcoal pieces as well as Henry Yan. Ha! Not a bit of it. Back to the ink next time (which seems to result in better short pose pieces) or keep on keeping on with the charcoal in the hope that eventially it clicks? Dunno.
Next up, a couple of 15 minute poses where I put a couple of apparently-fast-drying oil paints to use for the first time. One piece turned out pretty well, the other not so, but neither dried any faster than the water-mixable oils of previous sessions, so slightly regretting getting them. Ach well, they may yet prove themselves in underpaintings.
And, as with a few weeks back, finishing up with a long pose drawn using Conté pastels on pastel paper. Struggled a bit with the proportions here, and I'm not sure I won in the end, but it was a good challenge trying to do so.
You can see the other pieces from today that survived the end-of-session cull at my Flickr page. The soundtrack? BBC 6Music for the first hour or so, then back to Swans' remarkable To Be Kind again. It's pretty much the only opportunity I get in the month to listen to something so enormous, so powerful - it doesn't really lend itself to the commute, given one track alone is pretty much the length of Aberdour to Edinburgh. Still, something different next time. Sonically and artistically, I think today I got a little too stuck in my ways.