Apr 23, 2014

Meetups and Figure Drawing

I met some people!  And I drew one naked.  Yep.  That's what "figure drawing" really means.

The Meetup group is an art hobbyist group called Art Among Us.  From what I can tell, they haven't been super active lately, but they do have a couple of monthly meetups for fun things like the Wilmington Art Loop and figure drawing.  I didn't know what to expect from figure drawing, because I'd never done it before.  I mean, I knew there would be a naked person to draw, but I didn't know how serious or relaxed the environment was or how weird it would be for all of us to be staring at someone without clothes on.

It's really awesome and not weird at all!  They start you off with some shorter poses, meaning that you only have 30 seconds or so to sketch the model.  So you're not really focused on how naked they are, you're too busy trying to get the lines down on paper.  Then the poses get longer, and you have more time to start filling in and adding detail.  By the time we got to the 20 minute poses, everyone had relaxed and was chatting about art, and husbands, and backpacking.  You could tell everyone was there to draw, and while we admired our model's body, it was from an artistic, aesthetic viewpoint.  We were making shapes and curves, and really not putting anything in terms of sexual attractiveness.

I found this to be incredibly refreshing, especially with the increased prevalence of lust and nudity that a new season of Game of Thrones inevitably brings.  Which is not to bash GoT; I just think we're so focused on the human form as a sex object that we can't just enjoy our own natural beauty.  And I think it'd be great if everyone could take a break and look at shapes with me.