Friday Figures- Costumed Models

Sometimes you covet the costume. I would have killed for those heels. 1 hr pose, 8 1/2" x 11" on Stillman & Birn Gamma Series sketchbook
Sometimes you covet the costume. I would have killed for those heels. 1 hr pose, watercolor over pencil, 8 1/2″ x 11″ on Stillman & Birn Gamma Series sketchbook

Life drawing with costumed models can be wonderful. The clothing adds color, texture, interest, even an imagined backstory. Last Monday night’s life drawing session at Oklahoma City University provided two costumed models, light refreshments, and a live guitarist who sat and noodled classically in a corner. Utterly delightful.

Leaning in to close the deal. 40 minute pose. 8 1/2" x 11" Stillman & Birn Gamma Series sketchbook.
Leaning in to close the deal. 40 minute pose. Watercolor over pencil,  8 1/2″ x 11″ Stillman & Birn Gamma Series sketchbook.

One can create a whole scenario around poses and costumes like these. She might have been a mysterious agent at a bar in a Bogart flick, waiting for someone to light her cigarette and hand over the documents. He could have been a 1970s lawn-tractor salesman, or a model for department store tie sale. Anything is possible.

Happy Friday.

3 thoughts on “Friday Figures- Costumed Models

  1. Lesley says:

    “1970s lawn-tractor salesman, or a model for a department store tie sale. Anything is possible”. This is why I read your blog. My favourite is “neo-Edwardian tropical derelict” – and by favourite I don’t just mean favourite phrase from your blog but rather “favourite phrase of all time” or maybe “life motto”!

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