7 Great Reasons You Should Try Life Drawing:
1. It helps you be ‘in the moment’.
We hear a lot about mindfulness these days, and the benefits of attending to the here-and-now, the present moment. These sessions can give you an experience of this, as your attention focuses in on the triad of you, the model, and your drawing materials.
2. It helps you forget everything else for a while.
When you’re drawing, you can get immersed in the experience. This is an experience of the ‘flow’ state of mind, which psychologists say is so important for optimal mental health.
3. It helps you expand your sense of yourself.
Suddenly you’re more than you thought; you’re a creative person, not just the identity you get from your work-life or family role. It can feel so liberating to remember that there are more layers and depths to you!
4. It’s a great way to improve your drawing skills.
Whether you use drawing in your work, or just want to improve your skills for the sheer pleasure and satisfaction of it, there’s no better way to develop and hone your craft than through drawing the live model. Artists through the centuries have turned to this as the best way to develop their drawing abilities.
5. It’s fun, and different!
Honestly. Give it a try! It’s most likely not like anything else you do in the week. Liven yourself up (maybe that’s why they call it ‘life drawing’!)
6. It exercises your brain.
When you draw, you are using very different parts of your brain. I often work with university students and academic staff, who tell me how refreshing it feels to use their brain in an entirely different way from usual.
7. It may help you if you struggle with body image issues.
If your model is a ‘normal’ person (as most artists’ models are) then you’ll be looking at all sorts of ‘imperfections’. To some extent at least, there will probably be some lumps, bulges, wrinkles, droopy bits, non-perfect proportions, etc. And the joy of this is that as you draw him or her, you can find yourself really appreciating the wonder and beauty of the human body, in all its imperfection. Which in turn, can help you see yourself as acceptable and even beautiful, in your own unique way.7 great reasons to try #lifedrawing today. Click To Tweet
You may also like to read my article, “The 4 Biggest Life Drawing Fears, and Tips to Overcome Them”.
Would you love to try life drawing?
Whether you’ve been doing it for years, or never tried it in your life, you’ll be welcome in my classes and workshops.
It doesn’t matter whether you are feeling terrified or confident – I endeavour to make sure you feel nurtured, supported, and challenged at the right level for you.
My next Life Drawing workshops will be held this Autumn in Colchester, Essex. Both men and women are welcome in these workshops.
Email me and ask to be added to my mailing list, so that you don’t miss out when the dates are released.