I'm not sure what possessed me to take this class, as I've only done a very little drawing and never of the human form. The class popped up on my FB feed out of the blue, and I registered, out of the blue, not having any idea what to expect.
I thought the models might be nude, as the drawing advertising the class was of a nude, but I wasn't entirely sure. It was also a charcoal class, and I had never done any charcoal drawing...two new experiences for the price of one!
I was slightly apprehensive about the nude component. I thought I might be weirded out, or it would be really awkward. I wondered if the models would start out clothed or partially clothed.
The class started on a cold, blizzardy Friday February evening, just four of us and the instructor, and a male model in a robe. As soon as we shut the door, adjusted the lighting, and the students were settled...off came the robe!
So that answered that question. There was no lead-up to the disrobing. Clothes...No clothes.
As for being weirded out? That lasted about a second, and then any awkwardness disappeared. Everyone got busy drawing, and the time flew by.
Saturday morning we had a female model for the full day. Both models were fantastic. Very professional and totally comfortable with us drawing them. I'm sure that makes a big difference...if the model is comfortable, it puts everyone else at ease. I was very impressed at how they could hold the poses for so long. I learned a lot. I even completed a couple of passable sketches that I'm quite happy with.
So to any of you out there who may be considering a life drawing art class...go for it. It was fun and not weird at all after 30 seconds.
I've included a couple of my drawings...it's okay if you laugh at the first one :)
more detail...I was quite happy with my final drawing!
I spent a lot of time on this last one and was pretty pleased with the result. Of course as an artist you want to do the model justice and not make a horrid drawing of him/her. Before these two I had four or five miserable failures on Saturday, but in the end I was able to walk away with a few drawings I could be happy with.
I wouldn't hesitate to go again :) It was a great experience.