I took a life drawing class in Sacramento last weekend, and enjoyed the experience. I had not worked in charcoal in several years. It took a while to get back into it. There were two very experienced models. We started out with five minute poses, which we erased, then went on to twenty minute poses. These are all twenty minute poses.
After a hiatus of about six months I got to go back to figure drawing class. I can see I need to work on my skill set once again. But it was fun sitting and sketching and we had a great moel that did not change position even once during any of her poses.
Decided to try using new water soluble pencils with pens in our drawing get together last night. The pens are SO unforgiving and after my last weekend my art confidence was at an new low. This is the only drawing that was even presentable
Next week I am back back to charcoal and will try new things in the privacy of my own studio.
Wonder if any of you have ever gone through a period where one or two people say something slightly degrading about your art and you believe them enough to let it set you back a year or two or day in your forward progress.
Teaching should (at any age) be a positive experience for the student and make them feel better about themselves. Share your opinion. What do you think?
When I taught interior design at The Art Institute of Seattle, we did a lot of sketching in our classes and I always thought it was important to say more good than bad about anyone’s work. I watched so many of my students grow in ability and confidence.
On Thursday nights in Poulsbo Derek Gundy has a live model come into the Artist’s Edge and we all have the opportunity to spend three hours drawing the model of the evening. Sara is a wonderful model and hold her pose perfectly. I am usually lucky enough to have one or two of my drawings be presentable enough to post.
I love the environment of other artists of all different levels of ability having a great time working on their skills.
There is is always room for more artists as generally only about 8 show up on any given night and there is room for at least 12. come join us!!
Every artist should take a drawing class to hone their skills. Drawing. Drawing. Drawing. Every art teacher tell you that you have to draw before you can paint or watercolor. You have to get the drawing right.
This weekend I took a wonderful class on portraiture with Dan Riley and Joe MacKenchie, both respected Seattle artists.
Two teachers and five dedicated artists! It was great fun, exhausting and the perfect way to spend a rainy weekend.
Just this last week I started taking a figure drawing class after not doing much in charcoal for a while. The model struck this pose and I thought “how do I do this?”
I like the result. It is only 8 x 8 inches, so not big, but I had fun trying to bring some drama into the pose. Hope I can be posting more in the future.