Learn to draw por­traits

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata Art So­ci­ety work­shops have been well at­tended in re­cent months.

The group’s lat­est work­shop, tak­ing place on June 16, will fea­ture por­trait drawing spe­cial­ist Chris Cartwright.

He says there aren’t many of us who haven’t picked up a pen­cil and some­body’s photo and tried to draw it. ‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, most of us don’t carry it fur­ther,’’ he said.

Peo­ple say: ‘‘I wish I had the tal­ent’’ or ‘‘I wish I had the time’’ or ‘‘All I want is for some­one to start me off’’.

Cartwright, a Whanga­matabased artist, said it’s a fairly straight­for­ward thing to do.

‘‘. . . any­one can do it if they put some time in,’’ he said and of­fers his own story as proof. ‘‘In April 2012 I needed to find some­thing to oc­cupy my at­ten­tion and de­cided to teach my­self to draw, so I bought a se­lec­tion of pen­cils and some sketch pa­per and be­gan haunt­ing YouTube look­ing for ‘ the se­cret’.

‘‘My first ef­forts were like a child’s draw­ings but I kept at it. In a few months I be­gan see­ing progress and within a year I’d sold my first pas­tel por­trait.’’

Cartwright cur­rently teaches a weekly night-class for adult stu­dents in Whanga­mata.

The Art So­ci­ety’s work­shop is limited to six adults with bookings es­sen­tial by June 9.

Call Mar­garet on 888 4955 or Mar­ion on 880 9766 for more de­tails and to book.

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