More life studies from 1983….
May 16, 2012 in Drawings by Marja-Leena
I like all of these, but I would recognize no. 3 anywhere!
Marly, I’m glad of that, though I’m not sure which you mean by no.3 – that you recognize my style, or the kind of person drawn.
The first reminds me of those people who leave their bodies to be mapped for 3D anatomy studies, they are effectively sliced horizontally as if by a bacon slicer, then each section set in a slide, and the whole is reassembled to form a computer model of the body. Not sure I’ve described that very well, and it certainly sounds rather macabre! Your drawings are terrific, as ever.
Lucy, mapping for 3D anatomy studies does sound macabre! Are they really sliced, or just virtually on film/computer? I wonder what Leonardo da Vinci would think?
Very nice work, Marja-Leena. Is that first one an example of contour drawing? It has that effect but isn’t done the way I was taught all those years ago.
I love the third one for her strength of form and personality.
Susan, thanks! I would call it contour, rather like those drawings one sees of elevations of hills or mountains. Usually contour drawings in life drawing classes are really of the outline of the figure, sometimes in one continuous line without lifting the pencil off the paper, or sometimes even drawn blind.
They really are sliced, apparently. I think the first person to leave his body this way was a death row victim, which kind of added to the macabre-ness of it! But it was considered very important. I’m not sure what the process is really called…
Lucy, that is macabre, yet all in the name of medical research, and a step further than studying cadavers.
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