Life drawing has become an integral part of my growing practice. It is an opportunity to experiment, to put myself under pressure with timed sessions and to try out ideas or even materials.
For years I struggled to understand how life drawing could help me. In the art world there is alot of snobbery around drawing from life and drawing from photographs. This clouded my judgement and for years I would trudge along to weekly life drawing classes not really knowing why but just a sense that this is what artists do. On reflection the sessions were poor, no consideration for lighting or even thought put into poses, but its what artists do, isn't it?
Now I do most of my life drawing from photos organised by Raw Umber Studios via a subscription, they are lit correctly and offer realistic but challenging poses and I do my drawing from 'actual life' at cricket matches, sketching the crowd or players. It has taken me years to realise that all was needed was for me to give myself a personal challenge with each pose and no pressure - it's simply net practice!
Most pieces are just practise but some are for sale.