Saturday, December 01, 2007
After a very long break - a combination of my migraines and irregular schedules - I made it back to the life class yesterday. I felt very rusty too and it took over half an hour to settle in and start to concentrate. I expected the class would drag a bit as I'd been away so long but it flew by as usual so I didn't get to spend much time on the upper body and the arms are just outlines. I quite like the legs here but I needed to do a lot more shading on the hips and ribcage to make them work.
I always sit with the A3 pad (Daler Rowney) and a light board on my lap, legs crossed and one knee raised which is not ideal to say the least. As usual I got very stiff and decided this time that enough was enough and after the class went off to the art shop and bought myself a lightweight metal easel. I don't know why I waited so long! It's so much easier to see your work and step back from it to get a better, more objective perspective. The next class is in January so I've got a bit of a wait before I can road test it!