I have previously expressed my fondness for big drawings. Not only are the results great to look at, but watching an artist in the process of working big is also an engrossing sight. At the Tuesday night life drawing session at the National Art League, Liguo Liang set up a big easel with a big drawing board and big sheet of brown paper and drew with big pieces of charcoal. That’s a lot of big stuff! Good thing the League offers a nice spacious room for its life drawing sessions.
As I held still in a long pose I observed Liguo’s animated drawing energy. He was standing the whole time, using movements with his entire arm and body, stepping back, stepping forward, creating wonderful scraping sounds with his charcoal on paper – the only sound to be heard in the otherwise quiet atmosphere. I don’t doubt the concentration of the the other artists, but Liguo was really into it!
The result is a forcefully rendered figure, well-placed on the large sheet of paper. Strong, thick lines, defined shapes, a simplified, boldly delineated image that dominates the paper’s surface. Liguo mentioned to me that he hadn’t done any drawing for many, many months and is ready to start attending regularly. I’d say he has many more strong drawings in his future. Click on sections of this picture for detailed close-ups.