Monday, March 21, 2011

Open Figure Drawing Sessions

Trying to host an Open Figure Drawing group in a rural area of Vermont is difficult. Attendance is often sparse, but we did manage a few sessions in January and February. These were short pose sessions where the model would take a variety of poses lasting from one minute gestures to 20 minutes. I worked with conte crayons, pastel pencils and a fountain pen on pastel paper. Above are a few of my drawings from some of these sessions. My new thought is that I will try to offer 2 short pose open sessions for drawing and 2 long pose open sessions for painting (or more finished drawings) each month. Hopefully, this will keep the artists inspired. For me, it is encouraging to be around other artists, where we can energize and learn from each other.

Artists who live closer to metropolitan areas have abundant opportunity to choose from many open figure drawing/painting sessions that are offered, sometimes on a daily basis. I hope that if you are an artist, you are able to take advantage of these sessions. Being able to draw from the figure will help hone your observational, as well as drawing, skills, and it will help you in painting and composition.

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