Monday 24th April

I have just returned from my first life drawing class. I have done life drawing before but not in a very long time. At this stage the course asks you look into life drawing so I signed  myself up to a course, which I found in incredibly challenging. I cried once I got home from pure failure in myself. I have no skill in drawing from an observation perspective and I just felt so stupid and unskilled. How can I be doing an Art degree and not be able to draw? I couldn’t draw from simple observation let alone the angles and perspectives of the figure. Following my complete heartache in this matter I have decided to take a break from the exercises in the course. I have some ideas flowing and ready to go for my current development with townscapes but tonight really made me reflect on my drawing skills. I am so dis-hearted and disappointed that I wasn’t able to complete any of the poses tonight with confidence. I have stuck with it and now decided to focus on really trying to concentrate on observation. Not necessarily being creative or ticking any boxes or developing any ideas (that I normally get caught up in) or linking ideas and artists – just pure, simple observational drawing. I will set myself the challenge of completing an observational drawing everyday for the next two weeks. I want to be able to draw!! I don’t really want to pause studies but I want to master drawing more, which is something I never thought I would say.

2 thoughts on “Monday 24th April

  1. Hi Alice – I just started following your learning log and this was the first post I came across. So I wanted to tell you that I had a look through your blog and I really really enjoyed your work – full of life, enthusiasm, originality. Especially lovely line drawings (bathroom!) which I liked a lot. So please stick at the life drawing – probably the toughest thing to draw! I started a regular life class 5 months ago and when I look back at my early attempts now they make me want to cry (but with laughter). You will improve fast, just keep at it. Good Luck!

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    1. Hey! Aw thank you so much. That’s really made me feel so much better. I’m updating my blog at the moment so having a rush of posts haha. Thank you for your encouragement!

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