Chasing The Pose
As a pose progresses and “sinks in” its important to leave the drawing “open” in order to catch these variables, also known as “chasing the pose”.
One aspect of long pose figure drawing and painting explored at LARA is staying flexible. As a pose progresses and “sinks in” its important to leave the drawing “open” in order to catch these variables, also known as “chasing the pose”.
A basic knowledge of human anatomy will provide enough insight to enable an understanding of the gesture of the pose and predict where, and how the pose will change. The key aim is then to design the drawing or painting so it reflects the variables that enhance the dynamic expression of the pose.
Being to reliant on pure observation can produce a drawing made up of several different poses melded together resulting in “stiff” or motionless work. The block in stage of capturing the figure is the perfect time to chase the pose, enough information is present to understand the figure as a whole, but is simple enough to be manipulated quickly.
Figuring out where the body’s centre of gravity is being held through its weight bearing structures (spine, pelvis, femur, tibia, fibula, heel and the foot) can shed some light on where the pose might end up. Establishing a centre line for the body and gesture lines for tilts through the shoulders, pelvis, knee and ankles should give you a framework you can use to capture the gesture.
All that being said, the variables are pretty minimal, the models we have here are excellent and hardworking! chasing the pose is all part of the allure of the figure study.
Drawing of Ruta by Full time student Conor Burke. Gesture diagram by tutor Alex Heath