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    Life drawing class questions

    Simple question here: I'm about to start taking a life drawing class (pretty excited if a little nervous!) and I got a list of required supplies. They ask that I bring two newsprint pads 18 x24. Now I was looking at an art store and found newsprint that was bundled but loose leaf (i.e. the pages were together). Is this what I should use or should I be looking for newsprint pages that are bound together. Also they say to use vine or compressed charcoal or a soft black conte (anyone have any advice on what a beginner should use-i've never worked with charcoal). Finally they say bulldog clips or drawing clips, which one is better? Some dumb questions I know but I just want to be ready. Oh and finally anyone have any advice on how to get the most out of my class?
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    i would just get the newsprint pads. there are two different types, rough and smooth. i personally prefer smooth but you should try them both out. same with charcoal, its all preference..so i would give all of them a try. vine charcoal has a greater range to play with and is very easy to erase. as you might know, compressed charcoal has different weights, 2b, b, h, 2h, etc. like pencils. i always used the 6b....although i usually just used the 6b charcoal pencils...even though teachers always told me to never use the charcoal pencils. heh. and bulldog clips are good, or pretty much whatever.

    oh yeah, if there are workshops available take advantage of them and go to every single one
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    yeah what you use for Life drawing is really a matter of preference. My advice like mentioned before is try all the different tools, and devise for yourself what combination of them you like more...On using your time effectivly. It sounds like you have an instructor, I'm sure he wont do you wrong, and seeing it's your first time he'll help you along.

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    Well, for the question regarding: how to get the most out of your life drawing class, just sit in and begin to draw and look at those around you (most will probably have taken life drawing) then sit beside the guy who you think draws the best AND ... ASK QUESTIONS! Don't worry if they sound stupid.

    As for material, just use anything that works for ya, I use conte 2b on 18x24 manilla paper.

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    Just go to home depo and buy a nice big slab of smooth masonite. Then just buy some clips as extra if your use those. Typically I just use tape. You can buy premanufactured boards but they are like $15 ~ 20.00 :huh:

    I'de buy the bound newsprint. Try to find 100 sheets for about $4.00.

    Bring a sketch book. Try to draw 15 minuts before the model goes up just to warm up and get rid of those nervous lines. I like to draw for about an hour before hand but that's just my preferense. Also, whenever the model takes a break instead of going outside and smoking or socialising open up your pad again and do some more doodling. I use colored markers and make abstract shapes - something totally different then life drawing - so when I go back to my life drawing I''m not all tunnel visioned.

    and... have fun!

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