Yesterday was my my first experience of life drawing and I loved it. The model was a middle aged guy who has been modeling for 25 years and confidently posed for us for three hours. Starting with warm ups of one and two minute poses we eventually worked on a thirty minute and a fifty minute pose.
During the breaks I got a chance to walk around and see what the other artists had done and was so inspired by them all. I have another five weeks to go so hoping my techniques will improve. The thing I noticed was how much I loved drawing a real person ! After about ten minutes I just spent the entire time amazed by how beautiful the body is. So if you’re ever feeling low about your own body image just set yourself up in front of a mirror for an hour and I guarantee you’ll start noticing things like curves, and skin and beautiful muscle tone. At times you may feel less than happy with yourself and no doubt not helped by comparing yourself to some idealized definition of the body but while each person is imperfect and has flaws ultimately each of us is BEAUTIFUL!
Body confidence does not come trying to achieve the “perfect” body, it comes from embracing the one you’ve already got.
Now I just need to go practice this self love ❤️