10,000 Hours: Life Drawing at Hastoe Hall with Berkhamsted Art Society

They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something, so that’s exactly what I’ll be doing with my drawing practise. I’m putting extra focus on figure and faces and in the absence of having a slew of live models to draw from a la Antonio Lopez I’ll be working from photos with the occasional Life Drawing class where I can.

Life drawing is the best. There is nothing like drawing from a real life model, the challenge of getting proportion right and bringing well, life into a drawing. I’ve recently joined Berkhamsted Arts Society, just in time to take part in their May life Drawing class held in the gorgeous Hastoe Village Hall. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had two gorgeous models to draw. I also met some very lovely fellow artists who I’ll hopefully be seeing again at the May Art Society exhibition.

 

Lying Girl, life drawing in pencil

 

 

 

Sitting Girl, life drawing in pencil

 

 

 

Reclining Girl, life drawing in pencil

 

 

 

Sleeping Girl, fibre-tip pen and watercolour

 

 

 

Sitting Girl, life drawing in pencil

 

 

This last one above is my favourite. It was also the first one I did in the class, the one where you’re convinced you can’t draw anymore, where you hate it for 90% of the time you’re drawing it then miraculously like magic it rises out of the page and looks very close to what is actually before your eyes. Toot toot on the self-trumpet but I love this one and I already have a plan for it. The beautiful model was sitting in a pool of sunshine and looked so content,  I think I managed to capture it somehow. That profile though…my god she looked like a mutant until the last minute when my pencil did the right dance across the page and suddenly there she was.

So that’s only 9,996 hours left to go until I’m an artistic genius.

 

 

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