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Life Drawing

Last night I went to another figure drawing class that was just starting up. It was the same location as the last one I went to, but a different teacher. The model this time had some very elegant poses in the beginning when we started with 1 min poses, but as we were getting into longer posing they seemed to be slightly less inspired. 

The lighting also was not great and unfortunately took away from the delicate features our model had. I still appreciated the class and hope that with time it'll become better.

Life Drawing
My favorite drawing from last evening.

My favorite drawing from last evening.

On my mission to constantly improve my technique and art I'm determined to attend more life drawing classes. Berlin has quite a few offerings available, and last night I attended one, just a bus ride away from me. The class had a nice atmosphere, the organizer was good about directing the model, and the model was very friendly.

It's been a while since I've gone to a more traditional life drawing class. I went to a few when I first moved to Germany, but at that time I was living in Potsdam and traveling to Berlin from there was a bit of a headache. 

I've been attending Berlin Drink and Draw classes (which are great too) but I wonder if any are near me as well. 

One of the things I wished we did in this class was to show each other our work at the end. That way you can learn from one another or get inspired. That was the only large difference between the class I attended last night and the Drink and Draw's classes.

I'm always looking for more figure drawing classes to attend, and maybe, hopefully, there's one I could just walk to!

Until next time.

Drink and Draw Secret Society
Digital Render of one of the voluntary models.

Digital Render of one of the voluntary models.

I finally attended another Drink and Draw here in Berlin! This time I created a Goat skull mask. Below I've photo-documented my process, and I have to admit I really couldn't predict the result. I used all recycled materials, amazon boxes, masking tape, box padding... I used paint that I had around the apartment, but I decided to buy some gesso to use this time.

I'm really happy how it all came together, and it was wonderful wearing it to the Drink and Draw party. 

The Event

The Drink and Draw's party theme was Secret Society. I think I leaned more towards the occult, a lot of folks leaned towards masks and cloaks, and then a smaller amount of folks wore kinky clothes. It did, however, make everyone look a bit similar so sorry to those of you who I didn't recognize at first! 

I was hoping for some professional modeling at this event, but it mostly relied on the party goers to pose, which in turn made for some mixed results. Because the party was happening all around it was hard to focus on drawing. So I only had a few drawings out of the 5 hours I was there. This in no way is bad, because I did have fun chatting and meeting new people, but for those who solely came for drawing seemed to also have trouble.

At the beginning of the party, I was modeling, and boy, I forgot how hard it is to stay still! I think I managed anyway. I have a lot of respect for those pro models out there standing/sitting hours at a time.

Despite not having done a lot of drawing that night I thought these four images were somewhat successful. I really want to go weekly to some figure drawing classes again!

Until next time!