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    Your in a Drawing Class...

    and your instructor has some students pick seven objects and place them on the table in the middle of the room. Then she sets you up in an ackward position to draw such as, standing you up at an E-zle with a huge piece of paper, almost verticle and and says draw. Well, for me this is a weird position to be in when I'm sketching out a pic. And the items are a birdcage with a skull inside of it. A horse on the back, a box with a tea kettle on it, a boot beside that, a maracca in from of the skull, a hand holding on to the top of the birdcage and a little man holding on to the birdcage infront of the horse. I'm not really saying anything but what do you do. I have no real focal point to work from and damn if I'm not comfortable drawing with this equipment. Any suggestions on what would make this easier for me? And I believe this is the way the class is going to be for the semester. Yeah, that's about it. Just wanted to rant. Thanks.
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    Standing at an easel, working vertically on large paper is how you should be drawing in a life class. Get used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hu Surdadi View Post
    Well, for me this is a weird position to be in when I'm sketching out a pic.
    But it's a much better position than pretty much any other way to draw, and you'll get used to it pretty quick if you just suck it up, do it, and practice at home any time you can. If your instructor didn't mention it, don't hold your pencil as if you were writing, hold it so you can use the flat of the pencil lead against the paper. There's a couple other ways to grip a pencil that I don't use, I'm sure you can google them pretty easily.

    The process of drawing all the items you described is exactly the same as drawing anything else, it just requires a little more care in measuring and takes longer. Don't make it out to be a bigger thing than it is.

    Anyway, what I would do is pick a part of the composition that seemed reasonably fun to draw and might look all right (instead of trying to get everything in), shut the complaining part of my brain off and draw.
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    Really? What did you expect out of a drawing class????
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    Holy crap, I love that website, thanks!

    BTW, the only thing I find weird, is the teacher is using objects way too complicated for people who don't even know how to stand at an easel (let alone, spell easel.) I might start them up with a box and an apple or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hu Surdadi View Post
    I'm not really saying anything but what do you do... Any suggestions on what would make this easier for me? And I believe this is the way the class is going to be for the semester.
    You draw. I assume that's why she gave you the paper. You probably have a pencil or piece of charcoal to work with.

    It sounds to me like you're totally overthinking the class. Is drawing in a new position so difficult? Honestly? I bet you'll get used to it after 5 minutes. And you'll realize that it can be more comfortable than sitting hunched over a drawing board. And, you'll quickly notice how it's so, so much easier to glance to the side of the easel than to constantly have to look up and then down again.
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    Hu Surdadi, actually I'm not a fan of standing up while life drawing myself. If there is room, I would just use a drawing horse and slant my drawing pad on it. Art supplies are easier to reach when seated. (Be sure to compensate the perspective slant while drawing objects that are upright)

    If you need help finding a focus point on a drawing, you can make a simple view finder for composition. Just take a index card, cut a square in it. Whatever you see in that hole that interest you, draw away. You can always crop what you see when you don't have time to draw everything.

    Try out your teacher's suggested position for while. If you are still uncomfortable, you won't draw well. Find a position that works for you.
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    The comfort issue might have to do with standing for long periods of time - investing in a good pair of shoes and concentrating on proper posture will help take the pain off your joints, and without the pain, you may find tackling the challenging composition to be exhilarating rather than unfair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Standing at an easel, working vertically on large paper is how you should be drawing in a life class. Get used to it.
    Damn this place is snark central.Some of you need to sit back, have some coffee and remember that not everyone does everything just like you. And there's no need to be rude to people.

    OP, I dislike standing around for long ass periods of time as well.Ask the instructor if you can have like, a high seated stool or something. Or you can just move your whole setup. I don't see why you couldn't.
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    Drawing big is a no-brainer in life drawing. Standing up on the other hand, not necessary if you ask me. There have always been stools available in my life drawing classes at uni and at the local college- just ask, and I'm sure one will be provided. If not, you might need to give your back a break from time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Princess-Bettafish View Post
    Damn this place is snark central.
    Sometimes. But that was hardly an example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Sometimes. But that was hardly an example.
    Christ I'd hate to see some of you people with full on snark mode.
    Calm down, and get shooshpapped.
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