Having never done live figure drawing, I felt completely intimidated. Let’s face it, the human body is really hard to draw. Just look at Michelangelo’s David… the hands are enormous. But, judging from the murmurs in our group, I was not alone in garnering the courage to remain planted — this was going to be okay.
Terry is a delightful instructor. She directed us through several 15-min. timed sketches, each preceded with her at the easel sketching the live ballet model, while illustrating her use of tools, discussing spacial relationships, and the importance of contrast. She emphasized Degas’ techniques and shared some of his wonderful masterpieces. Everyone’s sketches noticeably improved through the 3-hour workshop.
I can now say with confidence that figure drawing is incredibly difficult, but this was the best way to spend a rainy Saturday!