🎨 I’ve been attending art and drawing classes in Amsterdam, trying to go as regularly as possible whilst my erratic schedule allows. These classes are run by a young Japanese guy who teaches drawing and painting on the side in addition to his regular day job. 👨🎨 For me, it’s an opportunity to master the technical side to drawing and painting. I feel that whilst I have a strong creative mind, my techniques could do with some fine tuning. And of course these classes are for socialising and keeping in touch with my Japanese roots by interacting with other Japanese wives and preventing my own spoken language from getting rusty! 🇯🇵
Sugawara sensei gets his students to start with pencil sketchings, otherwise known as dessin ✏️ . He feels that that is the fundamental basis for understanding about composition, dimension, light and shade, shapes and perspective. My first drawing was an apple 🍎 then a wine bottle next to a piece of brick. Point of the exercise being how to emulate the various textures of the objects on paper. And also to distinguish the varying colour tones and transfer them into monochrome using different graphite pencils ranging from say 5H to 9B. With the classes lasting 2-3 hours, I managed to finish each in a matter of 3-4 lessons.