The Newburyport Art Association hosts a weekly drop-in figure drawing session every Wednesday from 7-9:30pm and I recently started going. I really enjoy the dedicated drawing time (no social media interruptions!) and working in a studio with other artists.
The first week I was just happy to be making marks on paper, but after some frustrations during the second week I got a little more serious.
The group starts with 20, one minute poses. These quick poses are my favorite. I like to draw a full sheet for each pose and loosen up...but I do burn through the paper! After that first set, the poses increase in length to four 10 minute poses, a break, and then three 20 minute poses with a short break in between each 20. At first, that 20 minute pose was too long for my skill level. So, in between the second and third class I spent a little time drawing at home. I researched average body proportions on Pinterest and used some athletic clothing catalogs to get some drawing practice in. Getting the basics of the proportions down makes a huge difference.
The supplies I bring include a large (18"x24") pad of newsprint and some soft charcoal. I also bring some basic drawing paper, sharpened pencils, a kneaded eraser, and colored pastels.
This Figure Drawing group has a week long exhibit at the Newburyport Art Association during the first week of June. The show is hung June 4, with a closing reception June 9. Anyone that draws with the group on Wednesday nights is eligible to participate, so my goal is to have at least ONE drawing I would be proud to include. If you are local you should check in out! There are some really beautiful works of art being created each week among the group and everything will be for sale at super affordable prices!