For some time now, I've been wanting to take art lessons again. As I said, I'm hoping to get the groove back.
After fretting and tossing the idea in my head for weeks, last Friday, I took the leap and signed up for a Basic Figure Drawing Class. I had the choice between that and Creative Watercolour Painting. I know I love painting and drawing figures scare me for the most part. So, I thought I'd dare myself further by taking the scarier route. 🙂
And, on Saturday morning, I hauled myself to art school. For the first lesson, we had a male model. Great. I'm not very comfortable with drawing male models. So, on with the challenges.
To get us comfortable, our teacher told us to start drawing just in stick men figures. Easy enough. Then, she taught us how to work with gesture drawing to "flesh out" the stick figures. She explained 'sighting' and basic measurements and perspective.
At the end of it, I learned a few new tricks and had a great time. Sure, it wasn't easy. And, I could definitely use more practice and more lessons. But hey, I'm drawing and painting again! It's fantastic.
Anyway, here are a couple of sketches. If you're offended by nude drawings of the human figure, please don't click on "more".
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children’s book.
A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” list.
Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.
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