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    Back to Life Drawing

    So in January I went to Life Drawing.

    It doesnít sound like a big deal, but it is. Iíve always had a love/hate relationship with figure drawing. It wasnít one of my strong suits in school and I always loathed getting pieces together for my portfolio. When I left, it was one of those things I breathed a sigh of relief about... no more 1-3 minute pose nightmares or the pressure cooker of watching other artists kick my ass 10 feet away.

    Iíve felt my artwork stiffening up for some time now. Good pieces from time to time, lots of digital coloring techniques and ideas, but at the same time a loss of gesture, energy and confidence. I told myself Iíd go to life drawing last year, but it was easy to put off with everything else going on.

    This time Iím attending because I want to. Iím going because I want to improve instead of just getting marks. I'm enjoying life drawing again and working to be a better artist.

    Iím going to try posting 1 or 2 per session up here as an impetus to keep doing it. The latest are below, but you can check out older ones by scrolling through the archives of my livejournal.

    Here's two from this week's session:

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    That's the way to do it. It's not a competition it's exercise, just like working out. The more you exercise the stronger you will become. Of course there's always some jerk at the gym who will be naturally stronger no matter how hard you workout, but don't worry about him just do your thing...and hope he gets hit by a bus on the way home.

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    The two best pieces from yesterday's Life Drawing session. Sometimes I love how our eyes can fill in the spaces and volumes even when there's a gap in the line art:

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    Life drawing itself was a mixed bag today. The model and lighting was really good, but I couldnít seem to capture them the way I wanted to. In many ways my first few gesture drawings were stronger than the long poses. The initial excitement of the drawings gave way to tired body and brain. The 5 minute pose below isnít polished enough and the tones in particular seem really uneven.

    I kept one of my warm-up gestures, which was unexpected. The model stood with arms out stretched and then crouched with arms bent above his head. I drew both poses on the same sheet, using the first as a quick proportion checker for the second that gave me time to add some shadows to the torso. The two of them together looked oddly appealing and almost animated to me so I didnít trash it. You can see both poses there if you look carefully, though the outstretched "crucifixion" kind of pose is quite wispy.

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    Beautiful life drawings. I think they are very inspirational pieces on there own.

    You should keep an optimistic attitude when it comes to life drawing. Try to keep yourself occupied while doing life drawing then instead of focusing on negative. Don't doubt yourself, your work is impressive and I'd love to see more of it.

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    Beautiful life drawings. I think they are very inspirational pieces on there own.

    You should keep an optimistic attitude when it comes to life drawing. Try to keep yourself occupied while doing life drawing then instead of focusing on negative. Don't doubt yourself, your work is impressive and I'd love to see more of it.

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    Life drawing two

    I'm also taking a once-a-week life drawing class (actually a drop-in with no instructor) and finding it challenging, as I'm out of practice. Here are a few sketches. - woops, I cannot post attachments.

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    After two weeks where I missed Life Drawing due to crazy work schedule crapola... I finally made it in this morning. I was worried that I'd be rusty all over again, but I actually pulled it together pretty quick all things considered.

    Here's the best from today's session:

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    Yeah life drawing can be frustrating sometimes...its one of those disciplines that you just have to keep consistent I guess. The payoff is great though. Anyways, these are looking really good! Especially for 1 min. poses...my 1 mins. dont look like anything human =) Keep loosening up those lines. Youre nailing the form but dont hesitate to let some of those lines extend outside the figure. It will keep youre lines fluid and keep them from looking broken. Looking forward to seeing more stuff.

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    Figure Drawing_Long lines that live..

    ...Nice drawings mate, like the post above, use long lines to get more FLOW, and the drawing will live. You have your proportion and anatomy great, just a little stiff. If you live anywhere near thousand oaks southern california, then take a class with glenn orbik at the california art institute, his class is pure gold!...ive learned alot from him in the past couple of years, and i keep telling him to get a web site to show his stuff off!....i'll see if i can get some of his images posted up soon.
    Martin. www.kilnerart.com

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