The school was called Studio Escalier, in a tiny town called Argenton Chateau in the west of France. It was a fantastic experience, I hope to return there at some point.
asked by Anonymous
Hey, firstly, thank you!
Regarding your question, personally i believe it is NOT a natural talent, at least not in my case.
Last year i travelled to France to study figure drawing and painting. Once there i fell in love with the language, and became determined to learn it better. So I’d study french each morning, art during the day, then speak french with the locals of an evening.
Soon, as i found myself improving at the two, i started to notice the parallels between the art and the language, they almost felt like two sides of the same coin. With both, the more i put in, the more i got back. Everyone knows that If you want to learn a language you need to put in a huge amount of time and effort, but for some reason there’s a perception that art is different, that someone who can draw can draw because they’re talented, or gifted or whatever.
The French speak french well, not because they’ve got some special talent for it, but because they y’know, speak french every single day. And I really believe that art is no different.
To me the real challenge is having the desire to put in the thousands and thousands of hours of work, and to push past the thousands of bad drawings that it takes.
So yeah, do life drawing as much as you possibly can. Think about the forms that you are drawing, and WHY you are drawing them. REALLY look closely. If you can find a class with a teacher who knows their stuff, take it. Draw your friends. Your family. Strangers on the train. Go to the gallery and copy the statues. Drawing from photos is ok, but it’s no substitute for drawing from life.
And have fun with it! Good luck!
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