Kelsey Bass


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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.

Berlin's Drink and Draw Portrait Class (RedBubble sponsored)

Last night I attended the D+D portrait drawing class. I've been to life drawing classes before, but never a portrait one! It was a lively crowd of artists who attended and a pretty laid back atmosphere. The instructors we very helpful in their tips on how to draw faces. The models were fun to draw as well.

I'll have to admit I was struggling between wanting to draw cartoons / caricatures and trying to approach it as a realistic study. My internal struggle revealed. I'm going to show what I did last night, and some of what I wish I'd done.

I threw in some of the drawings I'm not particularly fond of too. If you look at the Whoopsie image you can see that was where I really wanted to caricaturize her face, but kept wanting to go back to realism, which made it weird in the end! I tried drawing a cartoon version of her really small so that maybe that would get me out of wanting to draw caricatures. Nothing wrong with caricatures, but I just wanted to pull myself out of my comfort zone.

I show some edits I made over a few of my drawings to make notes of what I should be aware of next time... Things I need to make note of, size ratio of facial features, taking the time to lightly sketch before committing to darker line work / shading, and take my time. The whole reason I attend these classes, workshops, and events is to improve my skills, so it's okay to mess up drawings, and badly might I add, as long as it means I'm learning and growing as an artist.

This experience was a great one and I hope to attend future events! For now I'll be following around my boyfriend and try drawing him while he's working haha.