Went to my first life drawing event on Sunday in Saint Andrews at Sunbury Shores Gallery. I may have turned the model into a mermaid...
I was really excited to try it. When I got there I went through a whole range of emotions. Mostly feeling like I didn't belong there, that I wasn't good enough to even try this-which is ridiculous. Everyone was friendly and at different levels. Some little voice in my head, felt that this is what the professional artists and "good" artists do, shame on you for thinking you could do this. This voice doesn't come out as much anymore when I create, but she was strong on Sunday. The only thing to get her to stop is to keep going. Every time I botched something the voice would come out and ask what was wrong with me, can't even get the lines right. Sigh. Will the critic ever be gone? Probably not, but I hope that her and I can work together.
I really enjoyed the experience, despite my critic. The critic just didn't want me to look foolish. When really it didn't matter. It was a learning experience and helped me a lot with being out of my comfort zone, looking at shapes and lines, and I really focused on hands and the curve of lines on the body.
The session was a couple hours, no instruction, just drawing what you see. Within the hour we did a few 1 minute poses, 5 minute poses, 10 minute poses, and a couple 20/25min poses. It was really interesting to see what I could do in a short time, keeping the lines gestural. My first one minute pose was unidentifiable as anything, but I felt more successful as I went along.
I found that what I used to draw really changed how I percieved my drawing. When I used marker and charcoal and couldn't erase, I was easier on myself and the drawings were more organic feeling-they were what the were. When I used pencil I has harder on myself, maybe because I could erase and had this thought that I should be more precise. Not sure, but I hope to do it again. I have about 20 sketches now in different poses.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.