Were you afraid to look?
Never fear, this simply deals with that age-old, innocent exercise – life drawing.
I know, “click-bait”!
Actually, when I started college I hated the life drawing classes. They felt something like flossing – undeniably beneficial but a bit of a drag. I include here only one drawing from that time.
In 1986 I started to attend a weekly unsupervised class at the now defunct, “Edgely Road Lambeth Adult Education Centre” (my efforts there had nothing to do with its demise I promise). My great friend Paul Ryan, a superb artist and draughtsman, had encouraged me to go. More importantly he gave me some essential advice: to loosen up. I began to use cheap paper, more painterly media and big brushes that stopped me getting “into the weeds”. The result was I started to enjoy myself. Perhaps his best piece of advice was this: take the work home, store it and only consider throwing it away after six months. I mostly continue to follow that rule and it is the reason that these drawings are here some 33 years later. Not every one is good but I am glad they are still around.
Thank you Paul x
To see more images – and in greater detail – visit this page Life Drawing