My experience at a life drawing class

March 7, 2018

I attended my first ever life drawing class and it was a thrill to say the least!

It was something new that I’ve always wanted to try but never got round to it somehow. Introduced to the Life Drawing group by a friend, my curiosity led me to follow their activities for a couple of months before I finally got the guts to attend it myself.

With limited drawing skills, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been drawing and painting flowers but they’re more forgiving as you can manipulate and adjust the petals and shapes easily.

The little that I knew of life drawing class was that studio etiquette is based around respect for the model. I can’t imagine many people wanting to stand naked in a room full of people who are checking their Instagram so I put my hats off to all art models to put themselves out there to be studied in the NUDE.

As soon as the kaftan came off, the awkwardness of staring at a nude model quickly disappeared and I stressed on the first “20 second” pose which turned out to be more or less… bubbles and cylindrical bits.

The poses kept changing and I slowly became more comfortable drawing and I learnt to look at how a human figure is structured. It was also enjoyable watching my classmates working their respective mediums expertly.

Here are my drawings together with my classmates’. Their works are simply amazing and they have inspired me to study and learn more about the human figure. I’ve been practising from photographs since and will definitely make it a point to attend another figurative class when I can.

My classmates’ work…