If you are an artist who finds yourself in Guadalajara I highly recommend checking out the life drawing sessions, (or Sesiones de Debujo con Modelo), hosted by the art studio Ugly Food House.
Throughout my time in Guadalajara I went to this drawing session once a month or so. Here are some of my drawings from earlier to later.
I took a life drawing class in university, but that was 5 or 6 years ago. I felt pretty out of practice the first couple of sessions and I still need a lot of practice when it comes to accurately drawing human proportions. The sessions at Ugly food house are just that; a session and not a class. Drawers range from students to middle-aged professional artists.
These sessions were much different than the life drawing class I had taken in the past. We never did a pose for longer than 4 minutes. Speed is definitely something I need to work on when it comes to drawing and I think these sessions helped me work on that. The style encouraged by the hosts was much different than what I was used to as well. Rather than realistic representations, It seemed more important to get loose and depicting the model with your own unique style. This often resulted in drawings that looked more like monsters than women. I had a really hard time letting go and getting loose. Most of the time I gripped the hell out of my drawing utensil, drawing darker and bolder, desperately trying to accurately portray the human body but failing to do so anyway. In the end, my drawings ended up looking a lot more basic than some of the other artists in the room. These sessions have given me a lot to think about. I want to challenge myself to become freer and less precious with my drawing, and I think these sessions were a big step in realizing this.
Often during a sesion de debujo we would do calaboration drawings. For example the model would stay in the same position for 4 minutes, but after each minute every artist would roatate one easil to the left. You would keep using whatever drawing utensil you were using and start off on another person’s paper where they left off. You can see the outcome above.