A portrait from my final day at the Drawing Marathon last week. I felt like I achieved a lot in the five days spent at the drawing school, taking pointers from the many tutors we got to work with each day. While each had a totally different approach, there was a lesson to be taken from each day’s work, from both a technical and a conceptual perspective. Charcoal has become a medium that I am much more comfortable with, particularly now that I think of it in a more ‘painterly’ sense.
I think I thrived in the portrait classes the most, where we were encouraged to make two complete drawings from longer sittings as opposed to the quicker studies made in usual life drawing classes. Coincidentally, the tutors taking the portrait classes that I did were Andy Pankhurst and Rowan James, both painters with distinctive approaches to observational drawing. The influence of those classes was pertinent in my experience of the week, while I also enjoyed the unorthadox teaching of Jeanette Barnes on our out-of-house session, ‘Drawing London’.
The Drawing Marathon has really fuelled my imagination and I hope to continue to draw from observation as much as possible.