Since moving up to Edinburgh I’ve been looking for a group where I can take part in some Life Drawing classes. After a bit of a google, I found all sorts of tutored courses, but I was really looking for something a bit more casual – then I found the fantastic group: All The Young Nudes! So, I went along to one of their sessions last Tuesday, and here is what I came up with…
At first I was little rusty – it’s been a while since I drew for life – here’s a selection of some of my quick sketches. Each pose was held for 5 and 10 minutes.
I sketch a lot in biro – controversial, I know (I’ve had my fair share of bemused and concerned looks, as when everyone reaches for their willow charcoal and HBs… there’s me scrabbling around my pencil tin for my bics), but I really like the medium. I like the precision and the permanence of biros, and ink in general actually.
The class was structured so that we started off with a selection of 5 to 10 minute poses, then after a break we had 2 poses lasting 20-25 minutes each. At this point, I thought I should use my trusty charcoal:
It’s been a long time since I took part in a life drawing class, and I felt it! I think I got my media mixed up – I really should have done the quick studies with something easy to mark-make with, like charcoal. Then take time with the longer poses, maybe using inks and biros. Either way, I know to switch it up next time.
The music playing was perfect too – I didn’t realise how much I loved that feeling of being given time just to sit, look and draw. I got lost in a trance of charcoal and biros 🙂
Below are my very first attempts of the evening – the first one wasn’t too bad for a 5 minute sketch, but the 2nd sketch lasted longer than I really needed for the choice of anatomy…can you tell I got a bit bored of the biro…?
More sketches to follow soon.
© Marc Godfrey 2014