I recently discovered an art class at a local community college and got into sketching based on a real model. What an experience! Very different from drawing a static figure and focusing on fabric textures. This class is all about a quick sketch and my ability to capture the model's pose with a few strokes. As the models change their poses, I practice a 1-minute, a 5-minute, and a 10- to 15-minute sketch.
It is indeed an interesting experience. During the first class I was completely intimidated and my hand was shaking as my eyes were just getting used to taking in the proportions from real life to the paper. However, I have gained a little more confidence and my hand is more relaxed now. And most of all, I have tons of fun! It is just such an enjoyable experience to lose oneself in drawing and see shapes appear on the paper. I am learning about proportion, shading, and capturing the energy of each pose.
So, while fashion illustration is the focus of my studies, I believe I will benefit from attending this art class as I will develop a skill set that will feed into my fashion design work. More to come!