Today I went to an open group sketch meetup in the city which featured an actual model. I was happy that I finally had the chance to go to one of these because I’ve really fallen out of practice, and I really don’t want to go to my art class this coming fall totally cold. I want to get ahead a little and be warmed up so that I’ll actually go further in the class. Ideally I would love to be able to do this every weekend and really have something already going by the beginning of class, but since it’s in the city and cost money, I’m not sure yet if that will be possible. But I suppose a true artists commits themselves to their work no matter the health or money! ?!Perhaps I letting my practicality get in the way of my true potential? I’ll have to keep that outlook in mind as I go ahead.
Anyway the meet up was pretty well organized as in 3 hours we went through several poses, timed from 10 minutes to 20 minutes. It’s amazing to see what work you can get out when you limit yourself and expect to be finished rather than giving yourself eternity to finish your damn “masterpiece”. I did some in hb + b pencils, and then thought I should experiment and try out some charcoal pencils I received. God I hate my technique at the moment, or rather lack of. The contrast is lacking all over (though the charcoal begins to pop out nicely) Its a shame that I can get the body shape, but not the details. I think it’s safe to say I have the tools, but not the knowledge. One step at a time I suppose.