Many years ago while at school I wanted to study Art, mainly to learn to draw. But, “apparently”, my teachers deemed me as too intelligent to do Art (work that one out!) and I ended up being streamed to do languages instead - not my strongest ability or interest! At the time the English school system wasn’t at it’s best so I guess it was just circumstances, after I left school other pursuits grabbed my attention and the drawing took a back seat, until recently.
When I was out one evening a friend introduced me to John Luce Lockett, a fine artist, and by chance he mentioned that he ran life drawing classes. I’m always a one to believe that things happen for a purpose and this was the signal to go for it, so I started at Johns life drawing class.
One of my recent drawings, not bad for a beginner don’t you think?...
The classes are great and John is an excellent teacher, always giving tips, advice and praising when people’s work grabs his attention. I learnt pretty quickly that everyone in the class has a totally different style of drawing, and that accuracy is not always essential to producing a good work. In fact, life drawing is more of a discipline, learning about how muscles, limbs, shadows, highlights, angles and so on, if you master each of these the drawings just seem to come together.
Maybe my school days were the wrong time for me to do all this, who knows! You can learn more about like drawing at http://www.lucelockett.co.uk/.
by Rob Allen | Filed in Out of the box