Reflections on Life Drawing Class

I’ve obviously not been keeping up with this blog as promised, but these things happen. However, art has been happening and I’ve attended my life drawing classes as regularly as possible, eventhough I’ve just had to miss a few due to other commitments. Work is the biggest obstacle, but I’ve managed to attend two sessions so far and they’ve both been brilliant! It is, by far, one of the most friendly groups I have ever become a part of and I shall be attending the next one in less than a week (:

I have learnt so much in just two classes, and not just about the drawing side of things, either; The first thing I noticed immediately, was the importance of lighting. Something I’ve never really thought about until recently. During the first session, it came to my attention that the lighting was very flat, and as a novice ‘life drawing artist’ I found it difficult to capture the depth and shape of the human form. According to the organisers, there is sometimes a lamp set up to show definiton of shadows – I am particularly looking forward to a session like this and may even replace my pencils for white pastel on dark paper.

The second thing that came to my attention was the diversity of models. The first model seemed to have more curves than the second and each pose was very similar and natural-looking, whereas the second model had less curves, but a lot more interesting poses. It’s obviously a matter of opinion, but my preference so far, seems to lean towards the more dynamic poser. I like the challenge of attempting new angles and weird positions. I look forward to that particular second model posing again.

Thirdly, the seat you choose can also have a dramatic affect on the outcome of your work. There were some artists who could visually see more chair than body and at one point I could only see a mass of hair and bit of shoulder. I wonder… Is this up to the model to vary their position in order for a full class to view in turn? Should we, the artists, move to a more appropriate viewing area on each pose? Or should we try to ignore the chair and static objects, whilst making the most of our situation? 

I imagine to the more experienced artist that I may appear not to have a clue what I am talking about -ha! but these are the little ‘thought marbles’ rolling around in my head. Where else better to talk about these things other than on my art blog?

I shall see how some of these questions unfold as the classes progress.

Okie dokie. This evening I shall post some images of my latest work. At least it may distract you from my appalling grammar, eh? 😛

Over and out.

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3 comments

  1. Obviously a lot of the questions you raise are also true of photography. Both forms are basically about capturing a 3D scene in 2D. Personally – I don’t think there’s one answer to any of them, unless that answer is “it depends…”
    Sometimes I zoom right in on a “messy” composition and make an abstract instead. I also use black and white to emphasise the form and textures over the palette if that seems more interesting.
    Changing the light (waiting for different light isn’t really an option for your set-time class) using lamps and reflectors isn’t very practical in a class setting, but might be if you have your own model sitting for you at home. And of course… moving the viewpoint is an option if you’re just not “feeling it”. I’ve recently taken to using prime lenses to force myself to move rather than being so lazy and zooming in/out to change the composition. In the end, the choices you make when first perceiving the scene will influence the results of your work. Sometimes literally – as in what is visible, shadows emphasising depth, perceived colours, etc. But also how the scene makes you react emotionally, and how you therefore feel it best to represent your perception.
    Of course – I’m no art critic, so this is entirely my own opinion.
    In the end, it’s probably more important that you enjoyed the creative process, and that seems to already be the case!

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts on this. It does seem pretty much the same thing in photography terms, doesn’t it? It’s probably similar in terms of any kind of art work. I’ve seen some of your photography on your blog -is it posted anywhere else for viewing? I’d be interested to see it (:

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      1. I do have a Flickr account, but I don’t link it to my quasi-anonymous blog. I try not to give away too much personal information there… mainly so I don’t embarrass my family with my more outrageous stances on things! :o)

        Since I’ve commented on your blog, you have access to my email address via your dashboard. Ask me there, “offline” and I’ll let you have the Flickr address if you really want.

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