After years of not doing any art or drawing, I recently joined an online drawing group called "Drawing is Free." The group is free to join and is held via Zoom with around 100 participants. The format is simple - someone poses for the length of a music track and participants do a quick portrait of them.
I have always enjoyed art and drawing, but due to various reasons, I haven't pursued it actively for many years. I took O grade art in my 5th year at school and then Higher art in 6th year, where I received a B grade. I was unable to take art O grade initially due to a scheduling conflict with one of my engineering courses.
Joining this group was a great way to jumpstart my creativity and get back into something I used to love. It's common to feel intimidated when starting something new, especially when it's been a while since you last did it. But I found that the supportive and inclusive environment of "Drawing is Free" made it easy for me to jump right in. I was able to draw at my own pace and didn't feel any pressure to produce something amazing.
One of the things I loved about this group was the variety of poses and models. Each session, we had different people posing in different positions, so it kept things fresh and interesting. It was also a great opportunity to experiment with different styles and techniques.
For me, participating in this group has been a wonderful way to get back into art and drawing. It's reminded me of the joy that comes from creating something from scratch, and I'm already looking forward to next week's session. If you're considering getting back into art or trying it out for the first time, I would highly recommend finding a group like "Drawing is Free" or even just setting aside some time each week to create something on your own.
In conclusion, getting back into art after a hiatus can be intimidating, but it's worth it. Joining a group like "Drawing is Free" can be a great way to jumpstart your creativity and find inspiration from others. Don't be afraid to try new things and experiment with different styles - after all, art is all about expressing yourself and having fun in the process!