Catching up on life drawing (artistically NSFW)

Here are some life drawings I did last fall at the Richmond Art Center. I share them with some sadness. When I first started attending these sessions at the RAC several years ago, I was a much less experienced and confident artist. Right from the start, the art director, Kato, welcomed me, encouraged my work, and treated me as a respected new member of the community. She herself would often settle in and draw alongside the other artists, often with unconventional materials: old books or their covers, a stick dipped in black or colored ink (here’s a video of her at work). It seemed like she was around every time I went to the RAC for any reason, and if she wasn’t, the place always felt just a little less inviting — she was that kind of presence. I learned last week that Kato passed on just before the close of 2014, after a “serious illness.” I knew she was having chemo, but I never imagined she’d be gone so soon. Kato, I thank you with all my heart for the person you were.

Model: Signe 

1-minute gesture poses

Nude watercolor gesture drawings, by Lisa Hsia Nude watercolor gesture drawings, by Lisa Hsia Nude watercolor gesture drawings, by Lisa Hsia Nude watercolor gesture drawings, by Lisa Hsia

5- and 10- minute poses to the left of the arrows

Nude watercolor gesture drawings, by Lisa Hsia Nude watercolor of a standing woman, by Lisa Hsia

20-minute poses

Nude watercolor of a seated woman, by Lisa Hsia Nude watercolor of a reclining woman, by Lisa Hsia Nude watercolors, by Lisa Hsia Nude watercolor of a seated woman, by Lisa Hsia

and one on heavier watercolor paper, just for a change

Nude watercolor of a seated woman, by Lisa Hsia

Model: Tami

2-minute gesture poses

Nude gesture drawings, by Lisa Hsia

5-minute poses

Nude gesture drawings, by Lisa Hsia

10-minute poses

Watercolors of a nude woman, by Lisa Hsia

20-minute poses

Watercolors of a seated nude woman, by Lisa Hsia

Watercolors of a seated nude woman, by Lisa Hsia

a 20-minute pose broken down into two 10-minute drawings

Watercolor of a seated nude woman, by Lisa Hsia

Watercolor of a seated nude woman, by Lisa Hsia

almost completed scroll!

Scroll of paintings

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4 responses to “Catching up on life drawing (artistically NSFW)

  1. So sorry to hear about Kato. Thank you for introducing us to her story and work which seems to be timeless and very inspiring! p.s your scrol is very impressive!

    • Thank you for reading, Aga! She was such a special person and wonderful artist.

      I need to finish that scroll. I think a few more sessions might do it, but I have been in a writing mood lately and haven’t been doing as much visual art!

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