The Weary Gladiator


[Figure drawing workshop, various 10, 15 and 20 minute poses, watercolor, working wet-on-dry]

The model for this session was an older gentleman, in great shape for a person of any age.  In his youth, he must have been a handsome beast.

I always give models a little code name in my head. This guy was ‘the weary gladiator’.

I don’t know if he’s been a life-long art model – but he clearly knows how to set a pose. One of the best I’ve seen in Montreal. You occasionally see models use a wooden pole for supporting a raised arm. But not many models use posing blocks. Simple cubes of wood that let you raise a hand or foot, or brace a neck.  It’s an old-school technique that really helps shape the body. In traditional ateliers you might even find block and tackle to allow hanging a model from the ceiling.




This was at UQAM at the Sunday afternoon quick pose session. It’s a good work environment, (tables, easels, benches), always with good models. If 5-20’s are your thing, I recommend checking it out. I will say, the spots by the door are back lit by the skylights at this time of year – so head to the back of the room unless you like silhouette shapes as much as I do.


4 thoughts on “The Weary Gladiator

  1. I’m wondering what mix of colours you use to create flesh tones and shadows. My attempts always end up looking too cartoonish (too pink, too yellow).

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