Square onePosted: September 2, 2014
Today on my between classes break I sat on a bench outside my school, hoping to find some unsuspecting student to draw. (Unsuspecting is always better because most students walk away if they realize they are being drawn.) By the time I got out my pencil and sketchbook and looked up, I realized someone was drawing me. He saw that I was also drawing and we gave each other a nod of acknowledgement. Eventually he came over and we compared sketchbooks. Aaron (in the drawing at top) is a Communications student at my school and he was practicing quick gesture drawing, timing himself at 30-second intervals with his phone. It was great to compare notes, and have a chat about our Urban Sketchers group, which he hopes to join. When it was time for him to get back to class I continued to draw.
Why is it that drawing people never gets any easier? Every time I have a long break from figure drawing, it feels as if this is the first person I have ever drawn. Today it did get a bit easier the more I practiced (if you go from the first to the third drawing you can see that the lines are smoother and more confident) but boy does that figure drawing hand (or it is the eyes?) get rusty.