I am so pleased that I have (Finally) finished studying the Creative Arts Today course module and submitted for assessment. It means I can spend more time growing and improving my drawing techniques which is what I feel passionate about.
This morning I found the courage to attend my first life drawing class since (a couple of classes at college) in 1998…..
I really enjoyed it and it was nice to meet other artists too.I had forgotten how hard it is to draw from life and that it uses a mass amounts of concentration. The drawings are beautiful that I have made and the mark making from part 1 of the course is clearly coming through in my work.
We started of doing quick 5 minute sketches, then 5 minutes drawings only using line, then a 20 minute more detailed drawing either using charcoal or pastel followed by a further 40 minute final drawing, that I experimented with conte sticks).
It has been a good introduction to positive and negative space within figure drawing and looking at the shapes the human figure naturally makes. I need to improve initial mapping out of the composition first before committing to further marks. It was commented by the course tutor that the size of proportions has already improved from one session. I need to spend 60% of time looking at the model and not at my paper.
5 minute sketches on A3
5 minute line drawing only using marker pens
The second drawing (figure upright below) accidentally became more interesting as the marker I was using was running out of ink and had to go back over (ran out of time) some of the lines with another pen.Interesting effect.
20 minute drawing using charcoal (leg too long)
40 minute drawing Conte sticks.