Life Drawing from the Archive

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Life Drawing

When I was at University, probably my favourite class was life drawing. It was certainly more fun than learning about plastic manufacture or electrical circuits. It was calming, and all about the now. Our life drawing classes were part of our course, but this drawing has a 1997 date on it, the year I was one of 7 to do honours, when it was not. From memory, there was a class in the evenings that you could pay by the week to join.

I really like this drawing, which was a 10 minute pose, according to my notation.

For some, life drawing when we were fresh 1st years, was a little confronting. Our lecturer made sure that he booked models of all shapes and sizes, and alternated between male and female models every week. We also did exercises where he took us out and about to draw “un-posed” life. I remember sitting in the balcony area of the Melbourne Baths, trying to draw people as they swam – very tricky.

Here is another drawing from the same period, which is of a male model. I remember him, he had shaved the front of his head, and had a lonely pony tail at the back. This looks like it was a watercolour or possibly ink, and was a 15 minute pose.

Life Drawing 2

One big lesson I did learn from life drawing was that drawing, like any other skill, could be learnt and improved with practice. This was a period of my life when I drew every day. If I tried this today I would be pretty rusty, and might struggle a bit more with drawings like these until I got my groove back.

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