My New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is quite simple – to do more life drawing! (my other resolution is to improve my painting skills, but that one is always the same).
Life drawing, like so many other beneficial practices, is easy to fall out of. As a working artist, I’m always busy finishing commissions, completing revisions, and sometimes just doing paperwork. It’s a lot to handle and it can be so easy to shrug off the need for constant practice and studying from life with “ah, I’m too busy/tired/unmotivated for that sort of thing.” After all, life drawing has no immediate benefits beyond the practice itself. No one pays me to do these drawings and there’s no one breathing down my neck if I don’t produce them.
The irony is that life drawing is one of the only things an artist can do to truly improve their skills measurably over long periods of time. No amount of working from flat, photographic reference can replace the experience of drawing from a living, breathing person that has dimension, volume, and most importantly, life. The two drawings above are from a session I attended yesterday, my first in 7.5 months. Gah! Way too long, I know. The last year has been crazy and I know that’s no excuse. And that’s why for 2018 I am renewing my vow to life drawing and the tireless pursuit of what is real!
In other related news to life drawing, I am happy to announce that I will be taking part in the Biennial Illustration Alumni/Faculty Exhibition at California College of the Arts, titled “Illustrating Resistance”. It’s a juried show, and my accepted submission is a portrait painted from a live model in 2016. I am so honored to be a part of what will surely be a stunning collection of top notch work from my colleagues and mentors!