Sometimes, after a hectic day, you look forward to going there just to hide out and sketch. Other times it is waiting for you, before the sun comes up—a cozy place to set a warm cup of coffee, open your favorite sketchbook, and draw to your heart’s content. Having a table set aside in your home for drawing is essential for gathering your thoughts and doing deep creative work.
That is why we have a big table at the center of our studio. It serves as a place of solitude where a student can concentrate during private sessions, or as a gathering place for like-minded creatives bent on improving their skills. The drawing table, in your home or at a studio, is where life-changing lessons occur.
Our studio culture is built around the drawing table. A big part of that culture is laughter. Lively banter can help students find a creative mindset and relax into a productive learning flow. Sitting at the table makes it easy to extend a drawing hand to help a struggling comrade correct a line or shape, which can set the stage for collaboration and development of new ideas.
Inherently, drawing is a private activity. But sharing ideas with others at the drawing table can augment your skills and influence your drawing style in entirely new ways. And when the evening is in full swing you can eventually find yourself wonderfully alone in the crowd.
At the drawing table, it is imperative to have all the tools you need within easy reach as to not interrupt your creative flow.
And you need room to spread out. Because sometimes…
need a place to grow.
By the way, with all the fun we have studying and collaborating, we do manage to finish a drawing, or two.
During Thursday’s session, Fiona completed a face from a Charles Bargue print, shown above. Throughout the evening she was cajoled by those at the drawing table to test her imagination and Steal Like an Artist. We challenged her to combine two unrelated subjects into one composition.
Next day, Fiona texted me this nice little piece…
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