Architecture is undoubtetly connected to art. If you think about it though, art many times follows the principles of architecture too. Often, they go hand in hand in terms of form, shape, materials, functionality, imagination and design process. Looking at the world through the eyes of an architect, helps the artist see at a different angle, and explore how someone whose life spins around designing buildings, is actually inspired to make art observing the built environment.
Do you ever feel that you have been doing the same thing over and over again, that a change is needed, and you would like to challenge yourself meeting new people. Well, this week, I had the chance to try a different life drawing experience. A different venue, a different group of artists, a pint of beer to start with and a pint after we finished. This week I went for a life drawing session at the Curfew, Bath.
Sometimes we are keen to expand our skillset with new painting techniques, to develop our style as artists and deepen our understanding on different movements of art. However, we tend to forget one very important thing, which is fundamental to our development as artists. If you are guessing that the answer is “going to the gallery”, you are only half way there. What helps you become a better artist, is not the gallery itself but everything it represents and embraces.
If you have been to more than one life drawing sessions, you have probably experienced exactly what I am going to talk about in this article. It is very true that not all life drawing sessions are equally successful and productive. There are many different parameters that can affect your performance. No matter what, my recommendation is to never give up. That’s the only way to keep learning and trust me; the next session could be the best one you have been so far!
We recently explored the advantages of writing an art blog; it is true though that not all art blogs are equally successful. It takes some skill in writing, some good content, imaginative presentation and a few other bits and bobs to attract an audience. In this article we will see how you could possibly start an art blog and gradually build a community of people who love your content and are always keen to spend a few minutes reading your articles.
“Hello! My name is Juan Martin Biondi, I’m from Bragado, a small town in Argentina. Since I was a child I liked drawing, I did it all the time, I participated in contests in my city and in the province, then over the years I decided to study Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and I am currently working on it. But I have always liked to draw and it was a pending issue that I had delayed until I decided to dedicate myself fully again. I always draw with pens, ink, colored pencils and watercolors. Due to my profession I like to draw cities and landscapes, their movement, places I was in and when I saw them I could feel the same feeling I had when I was there and I would like people who look at them to get into them and feel what same. “
Like so many fellow artists, I used to take myself very seriously. I lacked self-confidence and considered my creations as something holy and untouchable. I even made up a rule that kept me from retouching a piece of work once I had signed it. For someone who is completely oblivious about the creative process, that might sound ridiculous, but in the artist’s mind, it totally makes sense. In mine, it did.
A walk around the streets of Bath, UK, in sketches
“I just got back into drawing recently by accident. In between homes; couch surfing at a friend’s house and relaxing after a stressful period. I started doodling his fireplace and…now I’m hooked. I used to draw a lot from life when I was in school. I’ve attended lots of life drawing classes, and I used to enjoy sitting at a window and drawing passerbyers. Most recently, I’ve really connected to pen work. I use a Uni-ball AIR which I love, and it suits me perfectly, great lines, and you can start making areas of black quite easily. And it’s just one pen, simple. Biggest artistic influence, the guy whose line work I adore the most, is that giant of illustration the late Bernie Wrightson. His illustrations for Frankenstein are masterpieces.”
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Part of the statement above, is a lie as I never actually stopped working with art. I did take a whole month off life drawing though. In the beginning it felt a bit naughty. Towards the end, I felt I was really missing it and I started lacking motivation for sketching anything else. It is true that life drawing classes give content and context to my work. Thankfully, I was able to attend the last session of the year!
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“I enjoy drawing human forms, either portraits with charcoal or full model figures with acrylic paint. I was interested in drawing since I was a little child and learned on my own. Later on I took various lessons. I definitely want to study art more thoroughly in the future!”
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