When was the last time you did something for the first time?
For me it was on Saturday when I went to my first ever life drawing session. I was really nervous beforehand, I did not know what to expect, I was not sure if my drawing would be “good enough” and I did not know anybody else that was attending.
As with most things my worrying was unnecessary. I absolutely loved it. Although not a class or workshop they did give us a couple of pointers when requested. There were quite a few people there that were also doing it for the first time and it was fun to walk around and see what everybody else had done.
There were some people that had never drawn people before and there were some professional artists. Nobody was made to feel that their work was inferior or “not good enough”. And the lady hosting it did give some pointers for us “first timers”.
How it worked was they got the model to pose for short burst first, extending the time. It was first 60 seconds, then 5 minutes, then 30 minutes, then 1 pose of 1 hour. I was amazed at how quickly the time went.
Below are the two of my drawings that I am most happy with. The first one is a 30 minute pose and the second is the 1 hour pose. I took these photos with my phone, so they are not the greatest. I think I will need to try to scan the pictures.
Both drawings were done with a mixture of pencil and charcoal.