Yesterday I went to a portrait group at The Art Center in Butler. I've been wanting to go to this for a long time, but being the introvert that I am procrastinated. Finally my friend Mary invited me to go, and that was exactly the boost I needed to get me there! For some reason I felt super self-conscious at first.
It's one thing to paint in your own style, in the privacy of your own home
...and another to do something your not used to in public!!
I quickly remembered how much I loved drawing from life! I'm not gonna say I'm good at it...but it's exhilarating to draw within a group of creative people.
My first sketch ended up being typical "Marcia Furman" style. LOL.
Next I tried to do all the features. It's so much harder to draw from real life, as opposed to a picture. I really need to brush up on these skills. I think I'm going to break out the old books and re-learn the proportions of the face. Ugh! This sketch turned out nice, but it took me 40 minutes and several tries.
The last 20 minute session, I went for the old "super fast sketch" with conte crayon on big news print.
That was so fun!!!!
I really hope I can go to this regularly. It's great practice and nice to just get out with other artists!