As a people painter, life drawing is something I've done throughout my life. Even to this day I still attend figure drawing classes. One thing I have discovered is that my art improves dramatically when I attend but dimishes when I don't. The excitement I feel when grappling with the human form is very special and sharing this experience with others is so rewarding.
Passing this experience on to first timers, sensitively helping to overcome barriers and fears to drawing the human body is what I do. Whether a person is new or advanced at life drawing, I want to share this passion.
Do you want to do it but still not sure? Here are two magnificent reasons to help you decide.
Improves visual instinct
Doing quick three minute sketches improves drawing intuition. These help 'grasp' the scene in a way that slow technical drawing often loses. lt trains you to 'see' better, so you can feel the flow of the movement and can detect flaws without measuring. It forces you to improve your line quality. There seems to be an emotional honesty in such drawings by emphasising the 'whole' and avoiding detail. And aside from that, it's a great warm-up for the drawer. I did this following example in two minutes with brush, watercolour and charcoal.
I think I know the things around me but how often do we really look and study them? Drawing the human figure forces you to see relationships of form, measurement and proportions. It is this one thing for me that stops any guesswork and makes for an accurate representation.
The next example of a hand study I did whilst studying Flamenco dancers in Spain uses all these qualities. This kind of 'seeing' underpins all other areas of art no matter what the subject.
Measuring proportions using negative space
Realising that Visual Instinct and Seeing are two qualities needed by artists, it's easy to understand how a life drawing class can excitingly develop these skills. Therefore I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to join the Oak Room Arts Centre's life drawing class. It's my privilege to be a tutor so it would be nice to meet you. Here are the details.