Well, 3 years and 7 months ago, to the day, I started going to life drawing classes.
It was February 11th, 2014. I remember the model, the atmosphere, my sheepishness and the first drawing I made on that evening. Tomorrow night, the same model will come to class, but this time, I won’t be drawing, I’ll be teaching (or attempting to, at least).
If you’d told me this back then, I’d thought you were crazy, but perhaps I’m the crazy one now. But … no … actually, I’m really looking forward to it. Not too worried even … as I know at least 10 of the 18 students and have been drawing and exhibiting with them over the past 3 and a half years.
I’ve been working up a small plan to work through over the 10 sessions we will have together. But most of the time, we’ll just be drawing (or in my case, watching the others draw … I’m sure I’ll get a few drawings done too). Everyone will be getting a little hand-out, so they know what they can expect over the duration of the course. There are a few additional topics I’ll be touching on, which are not mentioned in the handouts: measuring, tangents, negative space, cross contour. I’ll be bringing 2 or 3 books on sketching the human figure which will hopefully inspire one or the other and there will be biscuits and beverages.
The courage or craziness for this operation was probably spawned by my experiences in SketchbookSkool. One thing I learned was that everything is possible. 19 months ago I would never had guessed I’d be traveling around Europe, meeting other sketchers. Now I’m already packing for my fourth sketching workshop offered by Pushing Your Sketching Boundaries, this time in Berlin.
Good night and let’s see what tomorrow brings.