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Model Session – 20-04-24 – 1

Heater Troubles

This pastel drawing ‘Model Session – 20-04-24 – 1’ is the first I made during this month’s session. Last time we had a man posing for us. This time there was a young woman ‘Bo’. A very fine person to work with. However there were some mishaps. We couldn’t find the heater in the studio. It’s situated in a community center, called ‘De Blauwe Tram’ in Leidschendam, Netherlands. Have someone model without a heater is a serious thing though. In fact, April in Holland is very could. So we cranked up the central heating and have her stand beside it against the wall. Consequently all participants had to stand in front of her in less than a 180 degrees angle. That means a farther distance than you like to have. In front you have a very puny figure even though she was a real fine model to look at.

Sitting Position

Strange how one small detail can mess up your session completely or did it? We started with a standing position but after 5 minutes she said she almost fainted. Seemed the heating was doing its job a bit to vigourously. We were sweating like pigs as well. Better have her sit down and that was the solution. A better position and way more attractive from an artistic point of view. In order to make up for lost time I worked a bit quicker than most sessions. I think I captured her essential features alright. These contingenties makes sessions like these all the more fun. You never can predict what sketch may come because of unpredictable parameters. Moreover she sat perfectly still. Wonderful job Bo. Thanks and I hope we see you back some day.

Pastel drawing on Hahnemühle Dürer Ingres-Bütten Night Blue paper (48 x 62,5 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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