Sunday, September 7, 2014

Asian model, session #1, Chelsea

"Asian model, drawing session #1" by Hilary J. England, 18" x 24" conte on paper
This is the first drawing from our Chelsea drawing session, at least the one I jumped in at.  This was technically the last of (4) 3 hour poses, so I had to play "catch up" and get this done in one (3) hour session, which is OK, because working 12 hours on one pose is kind of daunting to me, as I work fast, and I don't know what I would be doing with myself the rest of those hours, haha.  It will be a test of patience, and pacing myself for the next 12 hour pose, and it will be something completely new to me--I have never worked on a drawing for 12 hours....paintings, sometimes, but a drawing??? This should prove interesting.

This model was very good, and although we were working in tight space, I still had a nice view of her, and how she was in deep and dramatic shadow.  Again, she was very good, held her pose, except when we were getting bitten up by mosquitoes, haha.  Very strange to get attacked by mosquitoes on the third floor of a Manhattan building, but there it is, with the windows open on a sweltering Summer night, you cannot hide!

This was a really nice evening to hang out and work again with Iliya, last seeing him in Romania, so working with him in New York was just like old times, as if we had not skipped a "beat," and meeting some of the other artists that had been in Romania for different residencies was very nice as well.  I am looking forward to working with them in the coming weeks.....


End of Summer

"Mountain sunset" by Hilary J. England, oil on canvas, 8" x 11" End of Summer, and it's going out with lots of heat!...