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I haven’t taken a figure drawing class since college (and even then I’m guessing it was a workshop, not a full semester), so to say it’s been a while is an understatement. So when a friend let me know about a drop-in figure drawing class, I was both excited and nervous.

The daunting challenge of drawing people – or worse, drawing faces! What is it about this that is so intimidating? The face is the connection with the inner soul of another, and so capturing that seems to be of the utmost importance. And it stands to reason that the face also seems to be the most intricate (intimate?) part of the body – lots to capture in that drawing, explicitly and implicitly. Good thing I didn’t think about any of this before I started going to the class.

Also, I brought some tools with me that I learned from a past art professor, Robert Spellman. The most important instruction is to not worry about the outcome, but instead enjoy and experience the process. The second is a cool tip that I like because it helps me get started by going through a “back door” of sorts: keep your eye on the thing you are drawing at all times, don’t look at the paper, and practice really drawing what you see, instead of what you think you see. Harder than it sounds. Sometimes this means that the drawing doesn’t look “realistic”, but they tend to look “real”.

I use Prismacolor markers – I have a gray-scale set and a color set, and I draw on 60lb paper. In a three hour session, the model takes breaks about every 20 minutes (the position is marked with tape), and I flip through my sketchpad doing about 5 to 14 sketches in the whole session.

I also enjoyed drawing hands, so I’ll upload some of those images in an upcoming post.

Well, after a year of hemming and hawing about how to get started blogging, I finally figured it out. Since being “on sabbatical” this summer and following my intuition on how to spend my time, I found that I’ve been drawn strongly to my creative side. I have been integrating “artistic” and “creative” into my “real life” and I think I can share that experience clearly with others.

Part 1 – Outer – There are so many amazing creative resources out there, and I’d like to compile and share them. Just a small sample: Rebekah West is just finishing up a 100 post blog from Australia called “Everyday Solutions to Creative Obstacles”; Theresa Haberkorn, a printmaker in Boulder who is doing amazing work, has a printmaking blog; there is a great column on the NY Times on drawing for the next 12 weeks; to name a few…

Part 2 – Inner – I’m exploring my own artwork, finally. I took enough classes in undergrad to practically equal an art minor, although it’s not official. I continued writing along the years, and I’ve been part of a writing group for over 10 years now, but I haven’t continued my drawing or other fine art practices until recently. Then I took an amazing class from Robert Spellman in 2007 called “The Contemplative Artist: Meditation and Studio Practice”. That course changed my life and brought creativity flowing back to me.

Now, the intersection – I’m going to work on integrating Art and Life – the outcome? Unknown!