|11/20/20 Katlyn, 10-min. poses|
Aside from sketching on location (both with my Urban Sketchers group and by myself wherever I want to go), the sketching-related thing I miss most during the pandemic is life drawing. Real life drawing, as in seeing the model in the same room, three-dimensionally, from life. From the beginning, “life” drawing on Zoom was an oxymoron: How can it be from “life” if it is on my laptop screen? But like everything related to our COVID lifestyle, I started getting used to it. It’s the new normal.
|11/20/20 5-min. poses|
And yet it’s not normal at all. It isn’t “life” at all – it’s a flat screen showing a jaggy, often poorly lighted image of a model trying to do his or her best under the circumstances.
When the pandemic first began, I quit doing yoga and didn’t start up again for four months. Boy, did I regret that – nothing disappears so quickly as flexibility if you stop stretching in ways you used to regularly for 10 years (I’m practicing yoga more than ever now, and my flexibility is almost back to where it was before I quit, thankfully). In the same way, I don’t want to stop practicing life drawing because it will be much harder when I eventually go back. And life drawing is especially welcome during these wet, cold months when sketching outdoors is difficult or impossible.
It sure is frustrating, though.
|11/20/20 10-min. poses|