It's all about seeing

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
— Salvador Dali

Many, many years ago, I used to draw every day. Ever since I discovered the fascination of using cameras in my junior year of high school, I pretty much ditched my passion for drawing. But it's a new year, and a new beginning for all of us....right?

This semester, I decided to register for a Figure Drawing class at Florida State University (FSU), where I am currently working towards my BFA degree in Studio Art...fancy huh? Well, I was actually a little terrified of taking this figure drawing class, because the thought of drawing naked people was beyond me. But after about two weeks of having started the semester, I can honestly say that I really enjoy it! 

It seems that I have started to learn to see better. It's not just looking, it's all about seeing!

It's also not about seeing a naked person; I'm pretty sure instead of saying "naked," in art school we call it "nude," because it's an art form. It's all about respect, and it makes sense. We learn how to see the human form in terms of shapes, proportion, angles, etc. Once we start drawing, it's like we enter another zone, where nothing else matters.

Anyway, I decided I would share a little bit of my progress of the past few weeks. I already feel like I have improved a lot!

All drawings and photos by Melissa Artieda.

Melissa Artieda