It´s been a long time since I did any life-drawing but tonight I went down to the local cinema/theatre/café and took a two-hour session. It feels just like when you didn´t exercise for a year and suddenly go back to the gym. You feel like you´ve lost the whole thing since last time. I made perhaps… ten drawings this evening, and only this one turned out ok, the rest of them look like crap.
I couldn´t keep myself from putting some color on this when I came home. The skin tone is just a background color shining through – there is no better thing to do when you are going to draw something difficult than to mess up the white page a little before you begin. Splash some paint on it and you get less nervous about the result – the page is already ruined anyway!
I feel ok with the evening although most of my drawings turned out bad. If I keep up the good work and go back to those life-drawing sessions a few times I´ll be back in my good old shape again in no time! (Well, I have to try to be positive!)
By the way, this is the first page in my new big yellow sketchbook.