This week we did another six hour sitting in life drawing class. The model was wonderful, she did not move AT ALL, truly a professional. I struggled for a bit with the shadowing around her collar bones and I still feel I need to lighten the shadowing on the final drawing. I wish we had more time so I could get more detailed on her facial features. Overall, satisfied with the drawing, just gotta manage my time better and get to the face next time. Three stages of the image:
The class that has been one of the most challenging this semester has been Life Drawing. Here, I will be sharing some drawings from the beginning of the semester, middle to recent. [gallery order="DESC" columns="1"]
I have a long way to go, but I feel as though I've gotten a better grasp and understanding about the process of it all. What really held me back in the beginning was the fear of not getting it perfectly in accordance to standards and rules that have been set. I didn't allow myself to fully see what was in front of me, instead I just drew analytically. This was frustrating and at times, I wanted to give up.
After a few weeks of this, I was up late one night doing sketches. The answer came to me so easily. I was caught up in my head! I finally decided to just say, "The hell with it all! I am going to really draw!"
I will continue to learn the guidelines and styles, but use those as tools, not as constrictions. Once I stopped worrying so much about restrictions, I felt much more free during class. I enjoyed class far more, and I could see a change in my drawings.
One important thing this has taught me is that, patience really works! I took time to learn and implement guides that were taught to me. From gesture drawing, to carving out the figure and finding shadow shapes. Everything is vital and important.
Many times we just want to jump in and draw, but as with anything, we need tools, and these teachings are all tools to use with our intuition. I used to dread this class, but now I am disappointed when time is up and we have to pack up our things. Even when the semester is over, I want to keep working on my drawings and am more confident about attending other drawing studios.
How have you overcome roadblocks in your creativity process?