Sunday, 4 March 2012

Life Drawing Salon

I don't know if I am good at drawing or not. The only thing I know is that I love doing it, and that people are the subject I love drawing most (if not the only one).

I have never been uncomfortable with nudity, and I find it a little awkward that there are people my age who look embarrassed when they find out I go draw naked people. Oh well, for once, it's really not my problem!

One of the things I am so grateful to London for, is the massive quantity of life drawing sessions available in any part of the city. This way, you can easily drop by after a long day in the office.

In the last 2 years, I try to go regularly to the Life Drawing Salon, next to Bethnal Green Station, every Tuesday evening. The room is quite small, sometimes packed, but it's worth it :)

Nils, the organiser, chooses a theme and a soundtrack for each session, and this is probably one of the main reason why I will keep attending these sessions unless I need to move too far away.

Moreover, I like the environment. Many of the regular attendees are really nice and talented people. I love comparing our drawings at the end of the session, often in the local pub :)

Life Drawing - Francesca Mancuso

The beauty and complexity of the human body will never bore me. Even less because the models change every week, and they are all so different and unique.

When I try to sketch the poses, especially the more complicated ones, that last usually 2 or 5 minutes, this is a rare moment of peace for my brain.

All my obsessive thoughts are still there, wild and free, but in the background, like the telly when you do the housework. For a little while, I forget who I am, I ignore my worries, I totally enjoy what I am doing.

This is the closest thing to meditation I have ever experienced and I truly love it.

Life Drawing - Francesca Mancuso

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