Over the past few months, Andrew Holmes has been further developing his figure drawings.
When possible, Andrew enjoys joining a life drawing group as this provides an opportunity to share the same space and ideas with other artists.
Based in West London, the sessions attract an eclectic and multinational group of people from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. All have varied styles and skills and nobody is there to cast judgement.
Short five or ten minute poses start the evening off, allowing the artists to focus. Andrew says it is helpful initially to look for the basic shapes when time is limited. These are very useful short studies and frequently this time restriction can produce livelier work than the longer thirty-minute sessions.
In addition, models can adopt more challenging poses over a short period without drifting from their initial position; holding a physical shape over a half hour requires a sitter to have considerable stamina and the artists appreciate this.
Some models are students or budding actors who use the sessions to help build confidence, but others choose to sit for drawing purely because they share an interest in art.
Andrew’s practice is centred on an interest in painting and a curiosity in how contextualisation influences our perception and intellectual judgement of art.
These sketches form part of the preparatory work he hopes to discuss in more depth soon.
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