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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Life Class - Week 1



Yes, finally I got to a life class!

Lots of firsts happening today: First public life class since I was 18, when I took six, two hour sessions at college - First male model EVER! - First time model had posed - First time I have seen any hope of me being able to attend a life class on a regular basis.
It has been a great day!

The class is self-help/model only, which is exactly what I was after. I want to make my own mistakes, work through them and learn from them.

We worked our way through five poses overall, each with varied time limits. I tried a couple of different mediums and surfaces but my favourite for figures has to be charcoal, I feel I can work so freely with it, like an extension of my hand; it feels like part of me.

I'm pretty chuffed with my results, I feel I got a good likeness of the model as well as a decent sense of weight and perspective. I went in with no expectations other than to learn and left my fear of failure where it belongs...In the past!

I'm going again next week and there is even talk of extending the proposed six sessions to a regular, maybe even weekly class, I can't tell you how much that pleases me!
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15 comments:

Joan Yoshioka said...

Hi Anita, I am so envious of your ability to draw the human form so accurately. Really nice!

Dave said...

I've been looking forward to seeing these, and I'm not disappointed! I especially like the one on dark paper, but the quick poses are very good too.

Robyn said...

Well done, Anita. I love your clean, accurate marks. If you are starting out this good, I can't wait to see where practice leads you.

juj said...

These are wonderful Anita - I especially love the quick sketch of the guys back. I'm looking forward to seeing more. I really miss having a life class to attend. At least I can live vicariously through yours!

Nina Johansson said...

These are really good. I like the ones on toned paper especially, it´s so great how the white crayon makes the shapes come out of the paper. Great work!

phthaloblu said...

Well done. I'm glad you enjoyed your first session. These are great sketches as a result.

Serena said...

Wonderful sketches, Anita!! Glad you enjoyed the class ~

Anita said...

Thankyou so much Joan!

Anita said...

Thankyou Dave!

Anita said...

Thankyou Robyn. I keep thinking maybe it was just a 'good' day and next week I'll make the model look like a bowl of fruit with peaches for cheeks and arms like bananas. LOL!

Anita said...

Thanx Judy, I am happy to take you along with me. ;)

Anita said...

Thankyou Nina. Yes, I was pleased with the effect of the white chalk.

Anita said...

Thankyou Phthaloblu.

Anita said...

Thankyou Serena. I LOVED the class and can hardly wait until tomorrow.

Sandy said...

Congratulations Anita! You have done well ...really well! Life drawing is a huge challenge, totally absorbing and very rewarding.
You are fortunate to have a regular group to attend...enjoy!