This man is one of my favorite models ever. He is tall and stately
with long red hair that is turning white, and a beard and mustache,
a big belly, and long graceful legs. A great leonine head. He looks
like a Viking.
It is really fun to do gesture drawings of him. He often will wear
this floor-length yellow and black kimono if I ask him to - he's
sitting on it in the picture. His body plus the kimono create
a wealth of shapes to draw gestures from. But, as you can see,
he is also good for longer poses, because of his elegant head
This was not a particuarly long pose, but I was really on a roll
with my paint brushes. I sometimes find I can draw better with
a brush than I can with a pencil. It is odd.
I did already explain the essence technique a few postings back,
so I won't repeat it here. But, for people who love to draw and
paint at the same time (and you can do it in color too - Dover
Publications has a wonderful book on Degas' Drawings that has
quite a few of his beautiful essence drawings in it) it is a wonderful
medium. A lot of fun!