I love art.
This week during my Painting II class, I was unexpectedly invited to join a figure drawing class that meets on Saturdays. Figure drawing dates back to antiquity but became a core component of art education in the later part of the 1500’s. It’s a discipline which emphasizes an understanding of human anatomy and accurate drawing of the human form. I was wondering how I could improve my drawing abilities and since figure drawing was good enough for Michelangelo to do throughout his life, I thought that it might be good to give it a whirl.
It’s a great discipline. You focus on the lines, shapes and proportions of the human form in a variety of poses. It’s great for training the eye and the hand in representing a three-dimensional form in two-dimensional space. So you focus on the measurements, lines and shapes.
But hold on! Did I mention that the model is not wearing any clothes? You focus on the measurements, lines and shapes but every once in a while some primitive part of your brain formed 200,000 years ago screams out “Naked Lady!” This is a distraction.
Next week we have a male model and, being a heterosexual male, my primitive brain will probably behave. And maybe it will stay quiet the following week when the female model reappears. But maybe not.
I love art.