New #USkWorkshop in San Francisco, Oct. 10:

December 17, 2012

Tableaux vivants, gesture drawings

I'm going to enjoy drawing people more than panoramas. I recently met a group of actors that plays tableaux vivants from Caravaggio and other painters. I drawn during their performance and it has been great. The painting get alive in front of us, just like being in Caravaggio's studio, with his models. I like the actors idea of reduce the painting to its essential elements, using nothing but their bodies and pieces of coloured fabric. The same reduction to essential has to be done with drawings. Almost as a dance, their preparation of pictures is even more interesting than the final scenes, as I enjoied the experience more than results. Each drawing took me about 2', more in this set.

Disegno in Scena workshop

To share this experience with other sketchers, I organized a workshop in Naples with Caroline Peyron that starts next January. Curious but, apart from a false discovery of this summer, Caravaggio left no sketches. So we'll do all the other way: produce "unpublished" sketches from model poses taken from original paintings. Music will give rhythm, both to actors and sketchers. A video of Teatri35 amazing Caravaggio's tableaux performance: Per Grazia Ricevuta.


kumi matsukawa said...

Superb! What an inspiring event and great capture of each scene!

Marina Grechanik said...

for me people are much more fun than panoramas :-) great sketches!

Schizzinosa said...

Thanks Kumi, it's so difficult for me but I'm learning from all of you Marina!

Veronica Lawlor said...

Simo, I love these!

Nathalie said...

Gorgeous. So romantic.