1/52 Life Drawing
I think it's safe to say that drawing was the first creative outlet I fell in love with. When I was a kid I'd draw constantly and visiting the art store with my parents was one of my favourite things to do. There was something about losing myself and forgetting about reality for a while that I adored. I took art in high school and I can still remember my final exam. We had 4 hours to create a piece. The theme was Time. My first drawing portrayed a tree. Half of it was alive while the other half was dead. I remember staring at it 3/4 through the exam. Unsatisfied and dramatic as ever I ripped it right down the middle and crushed it before binning it. With an hour left and me in a frantic state of discontent, it would be an understatement to say my final submission was poor. I remember my art teacher speaking to me when the results came out. He said he was disappointed with my final piece of work. He'd expected more.
So, what better way to kick off Project 52 than with my roots!
The class I attended was at Lunar HQ (a place I'd recommend each of you visit at least once. That's all it takes to fall in love with its charm). I arrived early to a warm and welcoming crowd. The tea selection was very impressive (and that's not something I say easily!) We were a small group and no one had done life drawing before.
Our model, Sophie said she poses for classes 3-4 times a week. She makes good money off it and finds it empowering. Our society makes us feel ashamed of our bodies. Especially as a woman people love to remind you of the consequences that come from loving your body. It's a screwed up mindset. The human body is each and every one of us in our purest most vulnerable state. It takes courage to love and embrace every part of yourself in a society that loves to tell you, you're not okay. (Can ya tell that posing for a life drawing class is going to be on this list at some point? ha!)
We spent the first 1,5 hour doing a bunch of short drawings, learning techniques and things to look out for when drawing the human form. When the timer started for our final drawing - 30 minutes - the longest yet. I was expecting it to take ages. Instead, time disappeared. I was fully enveloped in the model's shape; the shadows and odd ways our bodies hang. The creases and small details of her body had my full attention. Nothing else existed in that moment. Most of my time is spent in front of a screen - as are most of our lives - social media, emails, Netflix and mindless browsing take over. It's interesting because I very much approached the drawing without much effort. I just decided to play, have fun and somehow my hand just knew what to do. It was a perfect example of when as a creator you make something without really feeling it was you who did it.
Not only that but I met some incredibly interesting people. Young people making things happen; my favourite people to be around.