SKIN. It is our uniting integument; the largest organ of the body. It is familiar to us in every way - it is the back of our hand, it is the inside of our eyelids, it is the ever-renewing constant that bears the marks of our lived lives. Life drawing is, by its nature, a celebration of skin. When we draw from the figure our eye travels over the surface of skin in an attempt to map the contours of anatomy concealed beneath its softening exterior – the tension of musculature, the hard edges of bone. Skin is surface on which shadows are cast, the puckered, stretch-marked, smooth, scarred exterior which our searching marks seek to represent on blank sheets of paper. In Draw Brighton’s academic year 2019-2020 we will be exploring the body through four, three-month seasons, each addressing a different bodily aspect, and in our Autumn season of September, October and November, we explore SKIN.
Throughout our SKIN season we will be running one-off talks and workshops that relate to our corporeal focus – from a series of life drawing workshops for Black History Month, conceived and run by Jade Hylton to and ETC talk with award winning portrait artist Emma Hopkins about her depiction of the unclothed figure. We’ll be looking at how we decorate our skin in a series of long poses with tattooed models and a tutored class on drawing tattoos with Lancelot Richardson and we’ll be exploring approaches to depicting the huge variety of skin tones we see in ourselves and our models in tutored classes towards the end of the season. Through these workshop we invite you to think about how you depict skin, how you think about the skin you own and what it means to embellish, decorate and live in the skin you own.
Image Credit: Doreen by Emma Hopkins