I went to the life drawing session at ESDIP Berlin again and this time I drew a lovely model named Martha who is about to have her baby!
I think I drew a pregnant woman once, well actually twice in my whole drawing career before, I don’t have a picture of the second one which was a private commission of my friend Mindy.
For part of the session Martha wore a flowing blue wig! Of course, no one with a comics background can draw a naked pregnant woman without thinking of the late Jeffrey Catherine Jones and her creation Idyl.
It was totally by accident that I drew her as a naked, tattooed, pregnant Whistler’s Mother.
What a beautiful evening it was, with a crowd of three dozen artists quietly working hard to capture Martha in her immanence.
Mysteriously, the group was almost entirely women, many of us tattooed blue-haired women. It was very special. I’ve had a lot of luck of both kinds in my life. The night I accidentally found my way to ESDIP Berlin for the first time was one of the very luckiest.