Today I took a workshop at the historic Plastic Club in Philadelphia. I've never drawn in public, never drew a human from life and felt nervous as all get out.
It turned out, of course, to be wonderful. Everyone was really nice and helpful, and nobody lurked over my shoulder, they were busy with their own work. I did show and tell and was really encouraged. And it's exactly what everyone tells you...you really have to try it! I feel like I learned more in 3 hours than 3 months of working from a photo!
I was pleased with my likeness of the model, but worked in a tight, nervous manner. Next time (maybe tomorrow!) I'll be bringing bigger paper and will force myself to loosen up and enjoy.
The bonus is that there was a dog there! So I got in some dog sketching while the model took his breaks. (Relief to draw a familiar snout, rather than nose and mouth!!) And I drew the chair, the model's hands, I just filled up that 3 hours with drawing.
So, the first giant step taken forward.
I'm Robin Zebley, my primary interest is in pet portraits, but I'm learning to draw those 2 legged animals! My site is http://robinzebley.com. Stop by and visit! If you'd like to see this whole blog, just click on the banner at the top. And if you'd like to comment, I'd love to hear ya! Robin