These are some of my life drawings, we were trying to draw harsh lighting on the body. One with pencil and other in charcoal.
I really enjoy life drawing, because I think it’s something important artists should learn. Animator Richard Williams says that if a artists drawing fundamentals are strong, then they have the versatility to go in all different directions. He is passionate about this and that it upsets him that art students don’t really learn it that much anymore and can’t stress enough how important it is, especially to animation. What we want to achieve isn’t realism, but believability! I also like it because it’s always been one of the only things I’ve ever been good at and that I still have a lot to learn still 🙂 It’s tiring to do all day and I’d rather draw sitting with the board on my lap, but I still enjoy it a lot.
The only down side is that we only get two lessons this year, and I don’t think we will be getting anymore now, which is a really big shame, as I think it could help me a lot with getting more movement and accuracy in my work – even when I’m trying to stylise more. Our life drawing tutor, Tessa, is really encouraging and helpful, she is also really nice as well, which helps those who find the lessons difficult.