grimshaw architects recently sponsored a life drawing class, with a set of conditions.
i no looking at the page one was drawing on
ii drawing with one’s less dexterous hand [in my case, my left hand]
iii drawing with both hands, simultaneously, with the above two conditions
ix finally, on selected drawings the pen was not allowed to leave the page.
this applied discipline made producing a self-indulgently pretty depiction of the model’s bodyform near impossible, yet still some unexpected attractiveness prevails. there is a child like quality in these drawings – perhaps something to do with the unusually clear evidence of thought/focus on the drawing. the result is almost remedial.
the exercise reminds me of a book that i read before beginning my education in architecture, called drawing on the right side of the brain, by betty edwards. a fascinating worthwhile read.