Figure Drawing May & June 2019

Figure Drawing in May and June was an explorative experience for some who have not seen nude models before. Having attended classes at Ricky Burnett’s for 3 years, I am pretty impervious to a naked body. However, over the last month or two, I can see a definite increase in confidence from the artists who had not drawn from life.

This figure drawing has been spiced up, as we have had the privelege of introducing Burlesque dancers into our line-up!

With the promise of collaborating further with Friends of Design and the Burlesque community, I’m looking forwards to a few more interesting projects.

I maintain that figure drawing from life is a valuable activity. There is something about getting input from your eyes rather than a camera. A camera has already interpreted the information, and as the artist you are copying from that eye. From reality to paper, you, as the artist, are given the choice as to how you would like to represent. I am interested in exploring drawing from photographs, but that’s for another blog post.

What do you think of figure drawing vs drawing from a photograph? Where do you see the value?

Our next life drawing session is happening on Saturday at 11am 29th June 2019 at Friends of Design. The event can be found here.

Models below: Wonga Lucas, Kitty Fay, Olivia, Vita Nova, Jezzy Belle

 

In the future…

Why is the apocalypse so fascinating?
-random thoughts while living

Is the idea of the apocalypse a form of some sort of biological nostalgia? We have come so far into this  ‘progressive age’ only to realise that things get worse in some areas as they ‘advance’ technologically.

Installation at Hiddingh Hall Library
Plaster of paris hanging pot plants, weeds.

‘Here there is no water but only rock.’

~T.S. Eliot

 

Advice from strangers

This morning I went running. I tried to run up Buitenkant street to my place in Deer Park. On the way I stopped, sweaty and complaining to myself, opposite a nursery school, where the security guard outside waved hello. I waved back, and he said:

“Don’t push yourself too hard.”

“I won’t!” I shouted, and carried on running up this ridiculous hill.

As I was running I contemplated… what does it mean to push oneself “too hard”? I know that I do this, but am seldom good at catching myself doing it.

A few years ago I was at the gym, and couldn’t seem to pack my bag, even though I was trying my best to pack as quickly as I could. Everything seemed to be in the wrong order, and I was slowing myself down. I said to the lady next to me:

“I can’t seem to pack my bag.”

“It’s cause you’re rushing. Slow it down. Take it one step at a time.”