I started my Life Drawing class full swing this week with two larger-sized female models. It's a nice change of pace, as the last 2 semesters we've mainly had athletic, thin models. Those models are fun to draw as well, but these ladies gave us a chance to really play with curves and a feeling of weight. Of course, being the beginning of class, we were concentrating on straight line drawings. However, class this semester is extremely full, and apparently we have a group of friends who move from community college to community college, and who are all fairly accomplished artists. Meaning that I avoid looking at their work unless I'm trying to improve my own - and trying not to feel inadequate! I am excited to see what I can learn from them, though. It also means that our teacher is excited that he can move more quickly through the beginner exercises, and allow us to be more free in how we want to draw from the model.
I focused this week on starting with straight-line drawings, and then moving on to contour lines if I had time. Here are a few of my favorites.
I'm excited to see that it's not as hard to get back into drawing this semester, and that I'm really enjoying it. I remember how, my first semester, I had to think about everything so much, and how tired I was after each session. I know I still have a lot to learn, but when my teacher talks about having confident strokes, I feel like I can do that - most of the time! Contour lines and gesture drawings are still my favorites, but hopefully I can really improve my shading in my long charcoal drawings once we start with those. I'm looking forward to this semester (especially since I'm fully aware it may be my last)!