Life Drawing in abstraction

I attended a life class on Sunday that encouraged everyone to embrace their mistakes and question what makes a good drawing. This is often on my mind, many of my favourite drawings by other artists are ones that are misshapen, distorted and crooked. These distortions are often harder to produce than you think, it goes against your instinct to purposely draw things out of place, to exaggerate and distort the features. It takes courage and a leap of faith to get it wrong so that it will hopefully look right.




These were my favourite drawings from the session, it has given me the inspiration to push my boundaries and get out of my comfort zone, no matter what the outcome.

The class was run by artist and life model Olivia Hancock and you can see some of her work here:


About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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One Response to Life Drawing in abstraction

  1. kevinashton says:

    I used to draw and even sold a few pieces when I lived in Amsterdam many years ago. Then I let life gradually get in the way and so I haven’t done any for many years. I do think the key to drawing and doing art in any form is being in the right environment. By that, I mean being surrounded by other artists, or in a creative place like Amsterdam where you are inspired to have a go.

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