Kaja Norum Draws a Male Nude from the Back in Graphite
Near Oslo in a little coastal town we find the studio space of the paintress Kaja Norum.
Apart from a three year study period with Odd Nerdrum, she is mostly self-taught with a basis in techniques from the Renaissance and Baroque.
In her own words, she aims for images with a timeless quality, currently under the influence of the French naturalist painter Jules Bastien-Lepage.
“Shame” is non-existent in Norum’s vocabulary. The human body has her prime attention, in graphite, charcoal, and oil — a celebration of flesh and sensuality.
Norum courteously agreed to do a graphite drawing session from a live model, demonstrating her sensuous abilities.
In this video you will learn about:
(In the beginning)
- Drawing with a light touch
- Getting the head & general contour line
- Looking for abstract shapes
- Looking at the darkest shadows first
- A balanced imbalance in the pose
- Making the head somewhat smaller
- How shadows typically behave
- Advantages of talking to the model
- Using photo as a tool…?
- Seeing rhythms in the forms
- Dealing with small changes in the pose
- Using different pencil numbers – and your finger
Special thanks to Christian Ringnes and Christensen Private Kitsch Museum for giving us the opportunity to record their works by Kaja Norum.
Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 – I. Allegro affettuoso
Performed by European Archive (In the Public Domain)
Video by Bork Nerdrum
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