Drop-In Drawing Session

The National Portrait Gallery currently runs a free Drop-In Drawing Session every Friday night and I’ve been meaning to go to one for a while. Finally went last Friday!

If you’ve read my recent posts, you may have noticed that I have an interest in art and that drawing is one of my hobbies. When I first started drawing, I used traditional materials – a pencil and paper. A few years ago, I tried my hand at digital drawing and since then, completely ditched the pencil and paper.

So when I found out about the Drop-In Drawing Session, I’d thought I’d give it a go. I’m not as confident as I used to be when it comes to traditional art, I knew it was going to be a challenge for me. Susan Wilson, an artist and curator, ran the session on portraits, exploring different elements such as technique, composition and line.

I didn’t expect to see a crowded room – I honestly thought there’d only be about ten of us. While walking to an empty seat, I saw people had already started drawing and I felt a tiny bit intimidated, there were lots of talented artists! I stared at the sculptures in the middle of the room before deciding which one I was going to sketch a portrait of. I ended up sketching four of them (badly). Drawing from real life objects/people is just not my thing.

Susan walked around the room, talking about the sculptures, giving tips, and commenting on people’s work as she passed by them. It was a quiet and relaxing environment with lots of picture frames hung around the walls – some people in the audience took a stab at drawing them.

Was it a good experience? Yes. Did it bring back my confidence? No, I felt even worse than before! I was frustrated that I couldn’t draw as well I could’ve six years ago. I think I’ll stick to digital art for now but someday I’d like to learn how to use a pencil again.

If you’re interested in going to one of these sessions, try going this Friday, the session will be run by David Gentleman, the artist behind the drawings in the Underground station at Charing Cross. http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/late-shift-1/drop-in-drawing-session-1307.php

Researching on arts events and workshops has shown me that there are more free stuff happening in London than I thought – and stuff that I’m interested in too. I think one of the best ways for me to find out about events is through casual conversations with people which then leads me to check the events out online.

When I logged in to my deviantArt account, I was notified about a gallery show that was happening in London. This was an interesting event because it was a chance for networking, for me to meet other artists and to check out their work.

I recently started to search for work in films outside of the programme. I checked out BBC’s career website as they always have placements going on. It took me about a week to fill in the application for a BBC Films placement. I didn’t think I’d hear back from them – they must receive hundreds of applications! So when I heard back from them asking me for a telephone interview, I was nervously excited. That definitely brought my confidence up, even if I don’t get accepted for this placement, I feel more determined to carry on trying to get experience in the media industry.

One thought on “Drop-In Drawing Session

  1. jonellewilliams says:

    This looks really interesting Shajna. Would it be possible for you to post your drawing on the blog?

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