The first life drawing lesson of the year consisted for quick poses ranging between 30 seconds and 10 minutes. The short timings meant you had to trust your ability to follow lines. I found the best way to work during the shorter times, was to make long marks to create fluidity in the work. It can be quite scary using this style of mark making because there is the fear of making it wrong but, this is one of the benefits of working with charcoal because you can easily smudge it out. I was the only fine artist is the class and this was definitely evident in the different styles of drawing. The tutor, Morgan, is an animator and explained how this discipline focuses on the movement of the model and the drawing ability of the artists. This was reassuring as I am a little out of practice with life drawing. Focusing of the movement of the model is more important than the ability to draw because this will come naturally. The movement focus is more important to you because this is what I am interested in. the movement of the body and how we can distort and change our body shape to challenge the logical way it should be. The model exposed us to a wide range of poses some of which were very challenging! I am happy with most of my work but some are a lot better than others!
It was a great experience being in a class with different disciplines because it was interesting to see the different ways people work and how to interpret the model. I will be attending as many classes as possible to build a portfolio of works throughout the year.