After sneaking last month's session in on the last day of May, June's took place just a couple of weeks later. It was a welcome respite from a lot of potentially-good-but-exhausting stuff that's on the go just now, although I worried beforehand I'd have trouble focusing on the drawing. It's certainly impacted on my daily sketching (or lack of it) but once we were in the studio and the poses started, everything else faded into the background.
As with a fortnight ago, I started off with charcoal on newsprint paper (well, it's actually packing paper left over from when we moved house in 2011) - the cheapness of the paper stops me from getting precious about whatever I draw on it, so I loosen up and let rip without the guilt of potentially wasting a pristine sheet of white cartridge paper.
The 2 minute poses went pretty well, and for once I didn't blow it with the 5 minutes either.
For the 10 mins I tried using black ink and wash on some thicker, albeit tatty round the edges, white paper. Varying results, although this one's okay.
Then 20 minutes with white and black Conté pastels on black sugar paper, overdoing the tone as per bloody usual...
And finishing up with a 45 minute pose drawn using soft pastels on some genuinely lovely pastel paper. I hope I did the paper justice, although I did find myself getting lost in the myriad of colours and subtle shades on human skin that you only notice when you really, really look. In retrospect, I should've taken a less-is-more approach and restricted myself to just a few key colours, rather than flail around in the doomed hope of realistically depicting the body. Oh well!
Musically, I started off with Faith No More's latest, Sol Invictus. Good stuff, although it didn't really provide the sonic adrenaline I like for fast poses (why didn't I play the new one from Joanne Gruesome? Why?!). That said, Black Friday and Superhero lit a fire under me, the latter coming on like the demented twin-in-the-attic of Public Service Broadcasting's Go.
Mid-section was covered with Braids' Deep In The Iris, which worked a treat...
Finally, Machinedrum's excellent Vapor City from last year. Months later, I still love tumbling into this stuff.