You know when you take a car trip somewhere for the first time – say to a new friend’s house – and then the return trip always seems to take so much less time? That’s because in the first journey, everything is unfamiliar. We don’t know where we’re going, how to recognize the landmarks or signposts, what to do when we get there, we’re unsure of what the parking arrangements are like, who will be there, and what may be expected of us. Once we take the first step and do it once, ever after it’s easier. This is the same for doing anything new including going to a life drawing session.
I moved from Salt Spring Island to Victoria a few years ago. Whenever I’m back on the island on a Monday, I make sure to take in the life drawing session. I know where it is, I know some of the people who will turn up, I know where to park, what to take, and how much it is. No worries.
There are a number of life drawing sessions in Victoria but I until yesterday, I hadn’t been to any. Why? Because of the unfamiliarity. Because it’s not in my routine. Yet I know just going the first time will make later visits more a matter of getting off my butt than the anxiety of the unknown.
It’s a brand new year and I want to get back to attending life drawing regularly – even once a month. Why? Because life drawing is probably the best way to improve and maintain your drawing skills.
I thought I’d share me attempts from last night. I felt so rusty. There’s so much to think about when you’re drawing the figure – proportion, perspective, gesture, character, weight, volume.
It’s intense work drawing a model from life and I was exhausted! I was also exhilarated!!
I now have even more respect and awe for Duane Wakeham’s life drawings. Read his guest blog filled with beautiful work if you haven’t done so. I will be sure to study them and be inspired before the next life drawing session.
I was going to skip the blog this week due to the big project I’m working on. However, since I overcame my resistance to going to a local life drawing session and experienced how good that felt, I thought it was worthy of a quick blog of encoragement. If you’ve been pondering going to a life drawing session, put it off no longer! Get thee to the location this week and feel sooooo good.
Are you a regular at life drawing sessions? And if so, why do you keep going? I’d LOVE to hear from you!
Next week, look out for this month’s guest blogger. I’m so excited!!