When studying at NMIT every week we had life drawing classes and though for the first few weeks i felt quite uncomfortable in the situation very soon it became my favourite class of all of them.

Well, given that my favourite subject for drawing is the human form.

In this class we were always using A1 sized paper and asked to draw large. Generally we would start with gestural drawing. Drawing large, drawing fast, but still trying to be accurate. It’s like the artist’s way of stretching, and i loved this type of drawing, and found i would often come out with gold. (often here refers to one drawing out of ten being worthwhile).

Now i honestly would recommend artists try grab the biggest piece of paper they can find, whatever materials you have (good options are: charcoal, crayons, acrylic paint, dyes, ink.) then use lots of different ways of applying paint or dyes or ink (think: feathers, brushes, old gloves, sticks, balsa wood, bamboo, wool) and be loose with the drawing (have it on an easel, make sure you have room to dance and dive, don’t be precious about the work) put some music on that inspires you and makes you want to move, and set yourself time limits. My favourite time limits were 1 minute. I found 30 seconds was alright but 10 seconds got annoying because you’d only draw one line maybe. Anything longer than these amounts of time get to be too prissy with your work and defeat the purpose.

The pictures above are a few exampkes of what i ended up with. From these and some others i plan to work them into other paintings and images. The looseness of them gives them life and movement and the next challenge will be keeping the same life in the new works from them.