Art Marathon Day Postponed Due to Technology

I consider myself to be extremely fortunate because I love my job. Not many people can say that and many people don’t have the freedom of working form home like I do. So, when my art marathon day was postponed due to a huge issue at work I feel¬†disappointed, but then I look at how fortunate I am, shrug, and plan it for another day.

The plan was to spend the whole day drawing and painting. I started out the day by going to my local life drawing open studio in Portland. Now that I think about it, postponing the art marathon day may have been better because the drawings today were not going well at all.

art marathon day ruined by technology: warmup page
Warmup Page

 

art marathon day ruined by technology: 1.5 minute gestures
1.5 minute gestures

I was planning on doing a bunch of gestures as part of the art marathon, I really need to work on these as I get so confused when I’m facing a live model, I have no plan of attack at all.

art marathon day ruined by technology: 5 minute poses
5 minute poses

This is one of those days of drawing where it seems like every mark I make lands in the wrong place. The struggle was starting and I couldn’t seem to shake the lack of focus. I think internally I was battling myself for accuracy and trying to finish a full figure.

art marathon day ruined by technology: 15 minute poses
15 minute poses

These drawings are better. You can see how the model has great muscle definition in her arms. I was thinking the whole time that she must be a gymnast, you don’t get triceps that huge without doing some kind of exercise. From the looks of her arms I’m sure she could hold her own weight easily.

art marathon day ruined by technology: 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

Here I’m trying to slow down and work on getting her facial features correct. I ended up spending way too much time on her face. I couldn’t get anything correct it seems and I was resorting to value to cover up mistakes. Another thing I need to work on is portraits and heads.

art marathon day ruined by technology: 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

Here I sort of gave up. I thought if I was going to make a bad drawing, then let it happen but do it with confidence. I think this extra bit of confidence allowed me to make some better decisions and move through the drawing quickly. Sure there are lots of issues here, but if it was a longer drawing I could see correcting them easily.

art marathon day ruined by technology: 30 minute pose cut short
30 minute pose cut short

Here is where the art marathon day ended. Luckily I was well into the last pose of the morning before I got the call from work. If you have ever gotten a call in life drawing open studio you know how disrupting it is. So, I quietly packed up my materials and headed home.

1 thought on “Art Marathon Day Postponed Due to Technology”

  1. I’m sorry you had to give up your day. But it says a lot that you are willing to give up your day for your job- that you appreciate your work and like what you do.
    We will get your celebratory 1000 days art marathon, soon….

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