Drawing was one of my favorite studio classes in college. I took a total of three semesters, learning about proportions, the mathematics in the human body and just how tough foreshortening really can be.
Large scale charcoal drawings have always been my favorite. I think I enjoy the scale because when you're drawing on paper half your size, you don't get distracted by all the other things around you. You can focus on what's in front of you and get lost in your work. Charcoal is wonderful because of the bold lines you create, but they're soft and you can rework and build upon them. It's also messy. You feel like you're really working with the material, but it's no so messy that it takes forever to clean up.
One of the local art schools in town offers a life drawing open studio to community members. For $6 on a Sunday afternoon you can borrow their drawing horses and practice your skills with a live model. There's no instruction, but the model takes you through a series of one, five, ten and twenty minute poses.
This past Sunday I finally made time to check it out, and I think it's fair to say that I have found a new favorite place to spend Sunday afternoons.