Back to Basics: Life Drawing and Photography

After a bit of a gap while I started my new job, I’ve decided to get stuck back into things. While developing for games is a dream job, I never want to lose the artistic skills I’ve gained over the last decade, nor neglect my more creative and expressive side.
I figured life drawing has always been a hugely therapeutic and positive experience for me as an artist, so I have made the decision to spend some time and money towards it.

I’ve been looking for some local models to start posing for me but finding people willing to pose naked is always a challenge (even for a fee). I’ve had to start from scratch, not being familiar with the process of approaching and hiring a model for private sessions.

In the past I’ve gone to the Monday night Life Drawing sessions at the Art House Hotel on Pitt St in Sydney’s CBD. The entry fee is negligible and I had access to not one but two models for a full 3 hours! The downside is I always had to compete for a good spot to sketch from, and I was restricted with the level of involvement I could have with poses.

Fortunately for me I managed to find a model more than willing to help me out and I’m excited to get started!

I also got a Canon EOS 700D for my birthday last month and I quickly added to it a fairly decent tripod. I’ll be adding the EF 85mm 1.8 lens in the coming months as well.
I’ve wanted to try shooting portraits just as much as drawing them. To that end I’ve asked my model if she’d be happy to do some photo shoots and she seems willing.

I’m looking forward to updating this blog with my progress. In the meantime, here’s one of my old 5 min sketches from a session at the Art House last year. 
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