Today we worked from longer poses than usual in the first half of the class, thinking about the narrative of each pose and for those that wished to; looking closely at the proportions of the head, hands and feet. In the second half of the class, our long pose was inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses and the work of the artist Richard Hamilton. Hamilton began a project of six images inspired by this complex, experimental novel in the late 1940's. Although the narrative is jerky and at time unfathomable, it is great prose to draw to, as one can understand the feeling of it, without always understanding it logically. The novel is a little like the unfathomable creative process itself!
Below is a brief extract from the novel -which was read out in the class - taken from the scene that inspired Hamilton's image the protagonist Bloom, in the bath.
'He foresaw his pale body reclined in it at full, naked, in a womb of warmth, oiled by scented melting soap, softly laved. He saw his trunk and limbs riprippled over and sustained, buoyed lightly upward, lemony yellow...'