Thanks for the message! I would definitely recommend figure drawing/painting classes. And even non instructed ones. I feel like every city has them. I never really drew till grad school. I was pretty bad at first but then I did a series of 168 portraits in charcoal and by the end of it they were pretty good. The saying holds true “practice makes perfect”. I think paying close attention to shapes and shadows and light in the drawing is key. It’s pretty basic but there are different values within both lights and darks and if you train your eye to catch them and your hand to draw them it will add dimension to your drawing. Recently I just realized the extra little punch I needed to make my faces look more real was finding the extra flecks of light within the face/eyes (not just the main light reflections in the eyes). Really subtle things but makes a world of difference.
My next show is July 14 at the Se Hotel’s rooftop poolside lounge in San Diego. It’s a solo show but a one night event. It’s $20 to get it. There will be champagne, hor dourves and a dj. It’s a fund raiser for the San Diego Fine Art Society. I will have almost 20 pieces in it. New work and some older work. I have a piece up right now at my gallery in West Hollywood, Gallery 825. I am applying for about 6 other group shows right now so hopefully I will get in at least one of those too!