Today I had the opportunity to attend my first life drawing event in about a year and a half. It was well overdue and much needed. It was wonderful to sit in a room with other mature artists and compare notes and experiences. Currently, I study at the Open University at Curtin Uni in Perth. Because I study online I don’t get to paint in a studio full of other artists, so this was lovely and refreshing. Since it had been so long it took me a while to loosen up and I realized how much I have missed it and how important drawing from life is. My eyes were looking for negative spaces, lines, shadows, proportion and depth. I changed medium a few times from pastels to graphite and acrylics. The paint was good because I could block out large areas and play with tone and colour. I had grabbed various colour in a large tonal range this morning. I wasn’t concerned with the actual colours, the tonal range was what I was after. Blue, brown, green, magenta, black, ocher and some skin tones.

Once the brushes came out I started to feel a bit more comfortable. I played with the brush by spinning and pushing it onto my paper to change my marks and line thickness. Constantly keeping a check on the negative space to keep proportions realistic.

In the corner of my eye, I could see another artist fanatically drawing with both her hands. That I hadn’t done before. She moved rather fast and I had to give that a go. That is so brilliant from drawing in a studio with other artists, you pick up new ideas and get to push yourself. I borrowed some waxy watercolour crayons and just started. It was very strange as you are looking twice as intense and your hands move at the same time, making marks, following the body, curves and shadows. It was exciting and a lot of fun. It helped me loosen up more and I was amazed of the results. It brought a lot of life in the drawing (get it…?). It almost felt like sculpting as I could draw the calf on both sides at the same time. My brain was doing overtime and it could only but allow my hands to drawn freely

 

That was life drawing for today, I hope you enjoy the images, they were as sure as fun to make.