I have a few drawings up this month at Gallery Usine106 on Roy and Rue de Bullion. They’re all from shibari drawing sessions I’ve been doing with my friend Mai. We decided to do a demo at the opening. She did three ties while I sketched.
I’m always concerned with live demos. It’s 50/50 if these kind of drawings turn out well. She’s constantly in motion, whipping the ropes around, and the patterns of knots and angles of the model’s limbs are always changing. But that’s what I enjoy about these – the unpredictability of what’s going to happen next. I have to freeze what I’ve seen in my mind, and finish it from whatever I can find in the motion.
It may be that I draw better under pressure. Or just that I enjoy the freedom of sketching without concern for ‘pretty’ results. You get what you get, and you have to live with it.
Here’s some shots from the event: