A Summary of Life Drawing

It’s time for a little change and to add something to make the blog content a little more versatile in terms of art. Here’s a collection of life drawings I created over the course of 4 sessions in a month:

The purpose of this, is to narrate the development of my life drawing skills and reflect on any improvements made. Comparing my beginner class to my latest one, I can spot some significant improvement to how I approach drawing the model. I’m nowhere near good at this point in time, but I can see I’m taking the right steps. My tutor is rather supportive and it’s good to be in a casual environment with friends/classmates while working. As an aspiring illustrator, anatomy is a key foundation of knowledge to learn if I want to become better and I’m curious (if not worried) if I can grasp the concept of anatomy and develop my skills to a near-professional standard by the end of my course.

So I display my work to you all in as humble a way as possible and I truly appreciate all the support I have and all the support I may get. Thanks for reading.

The Artist Journal: University Education

I’ve been looking into universities for higher education around my area and that’s what’s been on the agenda for the week. It’s a big and important step for me and will decide the step on the path to my career and my livelihood.

As of right now, it’s just the discovery phase: Brighton, Bournemouth, Worcester, Derby and Coventry. Worcester and Coventry are the favourites currently, because of location and course details/facilities. Considering I’m going onto university next year, it’s a serious thing to think about. I’ve been asking friends and family about the sort of things to look for: the quality of the art studios, professional lectures, trips, cost, vicinity to home, etc. As a result of these, Coventry and Worcester are the most suited to my needs and I’ll be going over there to check them out.
This is what i’ve been up to the past week and I wanted to share that with you all :). Wish me luck in my education, I’m going to need it this year round.

The Artist Journal: Life Drawing Introduction

For my first time life drawing, I had mixed feelings about it because I was excited to start… But I felt my skills were pretty poor. I hoped it was clawed back in the final moments of the life drawing session, but that is up for speculation.

So it’s a friday afternoon, the model casually makes his way in while the group is working and the next moment involves the setup and the man undressing. Sure enough there were a few silenced giggles and blushed faces, but I guess we had to get on with it, right? Well I set up my easel, paper and drawing materials and got to work for a few hours. It was much harder than I thought, but I had an excellent tutor to guide me through the session, yet i’m still conflicted about the progress… But I’ll leave that up to my audience to tell me what they think :).

As always, here are some photos:

Liverpool Biennial 2012

On a journey through Liverpool’s bustling streets and side-path alleyways, me and my class went on a discovery of contempory artwork from professional and amateur artists. The date Wednesday 17th October was the day we spent in the city and there’s a whole heap of photos to look through, so don’t let me stop you.

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Upon my walk through Liverpool, buildings such as the Walker Gallery, the Cunard Building and the Tate Modern were hotspots for the Biennial event and the top 3 destinations to visit. Artists such as Elizabeth Magill, Mark Wallinger and Janine Antoni feature in this set of pictures that were taken in&around Liverpool… Even found a Banksy print too. All of those artists I did not know of until the Biennial and it was a pleasant experience to discover the talent that is driving the UK forward in the art world.

My particular favourite is “Sighting” by Elizabeth Magill because of the fantasy atmosphere I perceive from the piece. Not only is it creative, it’s detailed and the painting is of excellent quality: The glow on the branches that sit in the murky water is beautiful, but the truely skillful part of the painting is the shine/reflection upon the water that portrays a serene moment.

Over the day, I’ve seen many great pieces… But I was exhausted after the trek, so I called it a day after collecting information.