So I went to the AVAA for the first time in quite a while today. It's a consistently good drawing session. Good models. However there is one caveat; bring an iPod and headphones. Noise canceling headphones if at all possible. They play the most horrible music during the drawing sessions at the AVAA. The Full Monty excluded, of course, because Leslie Pierce knows what's up.
You never know what horrors will assail your ears when you settle in to draw. Will it be world music? Will it be classical B-sides? Will it be some local reggae band? If you're really lucky it'll be an electro/traditional Native American fusion band.
So with my iPhone and headphones in hand I braved the AVAA once more. I found it enjoyable in again now that my sonic fate rested in my own hands. I could listen to Clutch, David Bowie, and Blackalicious as I drew. At a moments notice I could start playing Tom Waits. The power was mine. All was well in the basement that blistering Sunday afternoon. They must have gotten a new A/C as well, because it was a very comfortable temperature in the room, despite the milieu of artists and their instruments.
Monday I did pencil drawings at the AFG as well. This was because I got in my car and completely forgot to bring a surface to paint on. But I did have the sketchbook. It was the 2-hour pose, so I did a couple of drawing of the same pose from different angles. The second one is much better.