If you have never been to a life drawing group before, you typically start with 2 minute sketches to warm up, then 5, 10 and 20 minute poses. My 20 minute one was so overworked, I realized that 10 minutes is perfect for me. By starting with quick poses you get over any inhibitions you might have about drawing a nude or scantily clad person. This was not a nude session.
This (below) was my favorite post of the night. The model was so long and lean it was hard to fit her on the page when she was standing up of reclining so this was easier to render. It has been over a decade since I went to a life drawing group and when I saw one was happening locally I Jumped at the chance to attend. I highly recommend it. And don’t worry about people judging your work, we are all scrambling on getting out own stuff drawn we can’t worry about what the person next to us is doing. I began with a rough sketch in pen and then added some watercolor washes. I brought my new Prima Watercolor Confection in Decadent Pies because I know the rich muted tones would be ideal for portraits and it was! I also popped a few more pans of color along the center channel of the palette, I like how there is just enough room to fit 7 half pans down the middle because a lot of tins do not have that much space between the pan holders. Also to buy a metal tin empty costs over $25 so this is like getting free paint (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)
Along with the paint I got a few more goodies from Simon Says Stamp with a gift card I received. I just saw that they now have the 2 new Prima watercolor palettes available on their site and they were not up yet when I shopped, if they were I would have bought them LOL!
These are the items I bought
- Prima stamp & add moth wings
- Hero Arts stamps (most have dies available but I only got the stamps except for the anchor, it came with a die)
- Prima Watercolor Confections (I got Decadent pies today but I have Tropical and the classics and SSS just got the new colors ink, I kinda wish I waited to shop because I would have got the new colors too LOL!)
- Faber Castell Stencils (10 pack of 12″x12″) I also have, and recommend their 6″x6″ stencil 10 packs here and here.
- Mini organic matter mask/stencil (6″x6″)
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So that was a very random post huh? Well, I want to share that even if I don’t film a video I do use the stuff I buy (like the watercolors from that haul.) I also want to push you to draw, paint, sketch and create! Whether you are sketching a scene from your hometown or on vacation or taking a class, it will help you in all of your artistic endeavors. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!