reclining nude

The second pose at Monday night’s class was challenging – a lot of foreshortening – but I enjoyed it.



Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 drawing No Comments

not the dry cleaner

I recently heard about Dr Sketchy‘s anti-art drawing classes, which are an attempt by an American to make drawing classes more fun. After researching these on the Internet, it appears that the phenomenon has already been to Manchester and faded away, and Nottingham was the only place near me which still holds them. Indeed, they’ve only just started in Nottingham, in August this year. So, not really knowing what to expect, I booked a place on the second one.

It turned out to be great fun, like drawing in a cabaret. The MC sang rude songs and was very funny, there was a stage assistant in drag, dressed as a waitress, a contortionist manoeuvred his shoulder in strange ways and there were some unusual and exotic ladies. We sat and drew them all, amid much music and hilarity. The poses ranged from two minutes to twenty, which meant that they could be more dramatic than ones that have to be held for longer.

The drawing abilities of people varied a lot, but there were several very good artists. It’s amazing how much they managed to draw in such a short time. My drawings weren’t great, but I really enjoyed it, and have booked for the next one in December. I’ll know for next time to sit more centrally rather than at the side, and to take some much softer pencils.

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 drawing No Comments

back to the drawing board

I started a life drawing class earlier this week. Here’s one of my two drawings from it. It’s weak around her hip and thighs, but otherwise I’m reasonably pleased with it for a first attempt in a long time. I was amazed how long her legs were, though.



Saturday, September 26th, 2009 drawing No Comments

I haven’t felt like blogging for a while. Indeed, it’s been hard to get interested in anything much recently. But things are starting to look up. I drew a couple of quick self-portraits last weekend, and this weekend I popped down to Birmingham for a look around. I was caught by the delicious smells of the continental street market, just like the Bisto kids, and succumbed to temptation, which was a mistake because the food got stuck in my throat due to my difficulties with swallowing. Still, just going somewhere different helped.

Monday, June 29th, 2009 drawing No Comments