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In The Life Drawing Studio [2]

14 Dec

Ink sketch: model and artist.

One of the things I love about being an artist is that it’s a life-long pursuit. I know little tiny budding artists only a few years old and I work with veteran artists in their seventies and eighties and all ages in between. I remember Bill Turnbull interviewing Howard Hodgkinson on BBC Breakfast a couple of years ago and he asked when Howard was going to retire. HH put him straight. It isn’t a job. It isn’t something you retire from. It is a state of being, not a state of employment.

Our life drawing group has a wide cross-section of artists, from school students in their teens who are amassing life drawing for their A level Art portfolios to artists in their eighth or ninth decade with a lifetime of experience – of art and life – behind them, still exploring, still innovating, still doing…… There are roughly equal numbers of male and female artists involved in the drawing group, although the membership of the printmaking studio itself probably has more women.

This is a detail from a drawing done in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into an A3 Cotman watercolour sketchbook. I went through a phase of using textured watercolour paper for sketching, mainly because I’d found a very cheap source of them for a while.

 

 

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