My favorite activity in the world is life drawing. I'm part of an open session group that meets every Saturday and I just love it.
Other members have become some of my best friends and most constant social group. It gets me out of the house and talking to other people which is important, because being an artist is ultimately a solitary profession.
Not to mention of course the immeasurable value of practicing drawing the human form.
Life drawing is an exercise much like working out at the gym or practicing with your band.
It's not really about the drawings that you end up with, it's about the skills you end up with.
That being said you Do end up with a big old stack of drawings after a while and start to wonder what to do with them.
They're usually on newsprint which doesn't last like other paper and there's probably not much of a market for selling the sketches.
At this point the practice aspect is over so what is the sketch good for?
My answer to that question came a couple years ago I hit on the idea of re-using my old sketches for a different kind of practice. I like drawing fantasy art especially designing fantasy costumes, weapons, creatures and locations. So I decided to use my old figure studies as a base for my fantasy art. This is fantasy art drawn from life and thus the expression "Fantasy Life" was born.
So let's get into it shall we?
This is the initial sketch that I brought home from class. The girl and the couch are fairly accurately drawn and I posted my result on my Facebook.