Monday, September 13, 2010

Life Drawing Lessons (TBP: Drawing Lab, Part 5)

My past posts about Drawing Lab for the Book Project have been separated by the units of the book. I'm breaking away from that today to go back to unit 2 and discuss life drawing (Labs 14 & 15). This is actually something I've been wanting to do for a long time but never got around to doing. I finally got the chance to go to one recently. I went in with assumptions and left realizing that I have a lot to learn with plenty of questions to ask.

To sum it my assumptions up, I thought that all life drawing sessions were the same.  I thought that there would be some kind of teacher/mentor type person and that the model poses would vary with short and long poses to practice both gesture and form.  I ended up going to a workshop with a model that was to stay in one pose for three hours and no teacher/mentor in site.  Thankfully, it was a small turnout and the other attendants were friendly and willing to answer any questions I had.

I came out with a better understanding of the different varieties of life drawing sessions and came up with a list of questions I might want to ask before attending a life drawing workshop elsewhere.

  1. What is the usual routine for the session? Is there a mix of different timed poses?  Or is it one long pose?

  2. How long is the session?

  3. Is this a class with a teacher/mentor?  Or is an open session to work on my own?

  4. Is there a limited amount of people allowed in?  Do I need to make reservations?  Or is this on a first come first serve basis?

  5. Will there be critiques afterward?

  6. Will the model be costumed or nude?

  7. What are we allowed (or not allowed) to bring?

I hope that these questions are useful to anyone else that may be considering taking a life drawing session as well.  And if anyone has any more advice or questions I should add, please let me know.

Check back weekly for my latest update on the Book Project.  Thanks for looking!

20/52 (38%) projects from Drawing Lab completed.

P.S. Stay tuned tomorrow for the start of a three-part watercolor painting I've been working on.


EVA said...

You did a wonderful job Vee! (Also impressive your model could stay in the same position for 3 hours!)

Great drawings!

Vee said...

Thanks, Eva! Though I probably should have mentioned that the model did take breaks. When he would come back he just had to reposition himself and make adjustments until he was back in his original pose.