The last time I attended any figure drawing was probably in 2000-01. The Pacific Art League offered and, as of this writing, still offers a variety of Life Drawing classes. This included uninstructed classes during the day. For most people, this is problematic because they work or already attend classes during the day. For a freelancer, if you have the time you can shift your hours around and so I did. I’d sign up for the entire course and yet probably only attend about half the sessions due to other commitments. I did this for about a year during that stint.
20 min. Conte pencil and stick, ~7x12”
So, I was a bit nervous about beginning life drawing again. I guess I felt a bit rusty. I didn’t have all the materials needed in my Guerrilla-art studio, so I headed out and grabbed my basic kit:
• Black Conte sticks, 2B
• Black Conte pencils (don’t remember hardness, but they don’t exactly jive with the sticks so I tend to use them apart from each other)
• Canson “Universal Sketch” pad, 11x14 with perforated sheets (a must). Acid-free, 65lbs 100 sheets. I actually hadn’t used this pad before but it didn’t break the bank and was a nice weight and feel.
20 min. Conte pencil and stick, ~7.5x9”
Other tools would appear in time but with that in place, I headed down to the twice-weekly pay-as-you-go sessions, in the evening this time. I much prefer evening sessions since you can get your day’s work in first and then head over with available energy. Once again, due to my schedule I’m happy to make one session per week though I’d love to do both.
I was a little nervous as I settled in among the other artists there, many studying at the atelier where the classes are held, one that focuses on classical techniques. The model took the platform and as the 5-minute warm-ups began all anxiety fled and the intense focus of drawing took over. Extremely time-limited work usually does that to you. Almost immediately I found my groove and enjoyed my time immensely. Poses were 5x5min., and 4x20 min.
20 min. Conte pencil, ~4.5x10” Starting here I ceased using the pencil and stick together due to the difference in sheen they had.
As time goes on and this series continues I’ll try to expand a bit on method and materials.