We spent two days with this same pose. I don’t think I like extended poses for several reasons.
- I don’t think I’m that great at drawing that I have something to work on for that long.
- Longer poses = Imagination sets in. The longer you (I, I guess) work on a drawing, the less you (I) rely on observation. Therefore, I find myself looking less and less at the model, and more and more at my drawing. After all, you (you) have no idea what the model looks like, but you (you) sure do know what the drawing looks like.
- Longer poses = less dynamic poses. Modeling is hard work. If you’ve ever tried to stay motionless, you know it’s not nearly as easy as it sounds. Standing becomes intense after a while, and even the best models can’t hold some poses for longer than a few minutes. So what do you get when you ask someone to sit for five hours? Some sort of half laying down sleeping thing, apparently.
- Longer poses = more time to waste. When you’re doing a drawing that lasts a minute, stopping for a minute is pretty much the whole time. When you have several hours, taking a few minutes to wash your hands or go to the bathroom or whatever doesn’t really affect the end product. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, exactly, but time is money.
- Longer poses = less efficient. I know, art isn’t about efficiency. I just couldn’t think of a better formula to put. A five hour drawing isn’t five times better than a one hour drawing, or thirty times better than a ten minute drawing, or three hundred times better than a one minute drawing. In fact, I think there’s an inverse relationship between time spent on a drawing and the quality of the finished product. Personally, I’d like to bring a whole bunch of paper to class and spend the period doing ten minute drawings instead of doing one drawing that may or may not be any good.
There’s more, but my ability to express them without hand gestures drops significantly.