Stuart arrived yesterday full of the joys of Spring and ready to start our first drawing sesssion for this latest project with me. Accompanying him was his usual voluminous bag containing amongst other things, the first of the two props needed for the drawings. But first, time for a cup of tea and general discusssion regarding the placing of the items. It wasn’t difficult really – the first one was a hat and there aren’t many places to put those…………………LOL
So, the pose decided, the prop decided, the music chosen (Beethovens symphonies 3 and 9 – the latter because I absolutely adore “Ode to joy” and he’d stated he liked “any Beethoven”), so now it’s time to draw. He easily took his clothes off as I set up my easel and sharpened my pencils, and again commented that he’d never been naked infront of any woman ever but his wife of 50 years, so I know it was a big thing for him to do, but since it’s quite normal for me to see naked bodies I just treated him the same with his clothes off, as I did when they were on which I know made him feel totally at ease.
So, into the pose, wearing the trilby hat he’d brought with him – wearing nothing BUT the hat – standing with his back to me. The title of the pose being “Does my bum look big in this?” which greatly amuses me every time I read it. But then, that was the whole point of what he was aiming at – humour, a bit of naughtiness, and certainly some shock factor. We chatted as I drew and listened to the beautiful music. I usually prefer drawing to raunchy rock but I managed ok with the gentle drawing I was doing, it all fitted together well, somehow.
After a brief break we were ready to do the next drawing, and after some deliberation he decided to do it sitting down, as Stuart wasn’t happy standing for another length of time, after standing for the first pose. I’m a quick drawer but he’d still struggled with it a bit so it made sense to make this pose more comfortable for him as I knew it would take a bit longer as it was slightly more complex and there was no point in making him uncomfortable during it. He’d decided to pose with a musical triangle – partly because he’d played one whilst at school during music lessons, but also because of the joke that was the slogan for this particular drawing – the title being “Stuart – hiding his modesty behind his favourite musical instrument” – and he’d specifically asked that his genitals were framed in the triangle that he was holding. Ok, then, no problem. It meant he had to hold the triangle in a certain position, and I had to sit in a certain position infront of him to get the illusion right, but we did that, and it worked beautifully. To the point that he gasped when he saw the finished drawing, and commented on the frame the triangle made – which made me laugh and retort “But that’s what you asked for, and what I’ve done!” “I know” he said “But I didn’t think it would look like THAT!” – but after staring at the picture for a few minutes he stated he was delighted with it, as he also was with the first drawing, so we’re well on the way to completing the set for the cards he wants me to make for him.