“Two Identities” – written by Stephen Dernocoure

Life Drawing with iPad

Life drawing with iPad & Procreate App by Ako Lamble

STEPHENWritten by Stephen Dernocoure
Drawing the life model seated in a chair unlocks so many creative and observational possibilities for the drawer. When instructing the life drawing process I have observed that the student may fail to fully consider the chairs relationship with the seated body.

I can think of few structures that carry such specific relationship with the human body, in fat it is no one relationship but several, so let us look at several of these relationship.

Life Drawing with iPad

Life drawing with iPad & Procreate App by Ako Lamble

Firstly, when I observe the model seated in a chair I am immediately instructed to be mindful of context and relationship. The body is held, suspended, cradled in the chair and if we observe the chairs anatomy with care and sensitivity we may also observe the models postural details with greater context.

Secondly, the concept of a chair advises the drawer to observe two identities the person and the chair. Perhaps this council offered to the drawer is also appropriate to ones engagement in daily life where discernment between one factor and another is essential.

Thirdly, a chair is a most profound sculptural form. Chair design reminds us of our humanity and it further reminds us that we are here now, held and suspended. For when we leave a chair we might imagine something of ourselves still held in the form. Perhaps this could be a duty of design.

Fourthly, the chair and the body partner a story about emotion suspended or fatigue satiated. We might say the chair is our silent double, a sentinel marking our relationship with space and time. The chair metaphorically calls the drawer to see the chair and then the sitter, the here and there all in one gaze or multiple tiny gazes. We might ascribe a kind of duty to the chair indeed a loving duty at least for those of us who have the eyes to draw humanity cradled and held for a while.


Life Drawing with iPad

Life drawing with iPad & Procreate App by Ako Lamble

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