Last night I went to my first illustration class. I decided to do an evening class at the Bristol Folk House. I love doing classes, I don’t spend much time with other people so it’s nice to be doing something creative when I do venture out. I’m always a nervous wreck when I go to a class for the first time but I think a lot of people feel the same.
We had to introduce ourselves to the group which is always scary. I seem to lose the ability to form coherent sentences when talking to a group of people! We then did some basic observation exercises to get into the swing of things. I’m sure lots of you have done them before in art classes – drawing with your left hand (if you’re right-handed), drawing without looking at the paper, drawing something with one continuous line. I’m quite embarrassed by my scrawled attempts at it but I promised myself to blog about each class so here are some of them. The object I chose was a small hip flask.
Being a neat freak, I’m so out of my comfort zone posting these!
We then had to pick a word randomly and I got ‘menacing’ so I had to draw a menacing hip flask! It was quite a challenge and was something I’d not tried before. After that we were given a new object and a new word. I got a walnut and the word ‘melancholy’.
I’ve done these exercises many times in various classes over the years but I think they still help. I am looking forward to getting stuck into the more interesting stuff though!
Are you doing any classes?