23 Oct

I started a lifedrawing class 2 weeks ago – every Wednesday 6.30 til 9.15 pm. I had high hopes that I’d post about it regularly, but the first weekend I was sick in bed and last weekend I kinda forgot…

This post will try to make up for that.

I’m really enjoying the class, but it was intimidating walking in the first time. At least half the class have been going for quite a while – it felt a bit cliquey and the feeling was probably compounded by the fact that our tutor was away and we had a stand in who didn’t know who anyone was either. I was glad that I’d had the two years of classes beforehand (including some lifedrawing) otherwise I might have been quite overwhelmed! Anyway, once we got drawing it was fine and both that tutor and our real tutor are lovely. Both classes have followed the usual pattern – start off with a series of very short poses – 5 or 10 minutes at the most. Then onto longer poses, with the last of the night usually being about an hour or so. Being at the university is different than doing the courses through adult education. Firstly, the standard is higher (i think!) And it seems a bit more.. avant garde. New terms are being used – like ‘narrative’ and ‘tension’ (and others I can’t remember… :-/) and there’s definitely a sense that we’re not just thinking about the mechanics of drawing, we’re also thinking about composition and intent and, er, stuff (am still learning about this).

Our first tutor suggested we stuck up our art once we got home so we could think about our work. Mine lay rolled up for a couple of weeks – until yesterday when I hung it up on the lounge room door (so I won’t ruin the new paint job on the walls!).


This only includes the longer pieces. I have probably another 5 or 6 sheets of the quicker drawings too, which means I’m accumulating paper at a rate of knotts. I’ll porbably have to chuck out stuff in the long run.

We’ve had the same model for the past two weeks – Clare. My favorite thing about Clare is her hair – it’s short and curls about her ears. It makes her seem like a pixie. So far I’ve only worked in pencil or charcoal and overall I’m pretty pleased with the results.



I’ve been concentrating of drawing what I see – it’s a limitation of mine that I almost always end up trying to reproduce exactly what I see. However, it’ll be interesting to see how it goes this week. We’ll have a new model – Graeme – and I’m planning to try some stuff with pen and ink, which should be a lot more fluid and impressionistic. We’ll see.

3 Responses to “Lifedrawing”

  1. exp_err at 12:12 am #

    V. impressive. I particularly like the one with the dark background.

  2. kathrynlinge at 7:19 am #

    Thanks! THe dark background one is from my second class – I was probably getting the hang of it more in that one (I hadn’t really drawn for about 3 or 4 months before the first class!)


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