In the last week I've stepped well outside of my comfort zone. First, I did this:
This is the Mindbender, the awe-inspiring roller coaster at West Edmonton Mall. It's 14 stories high, and is the largest triple-loop roller coaster in the world. I told myself 14 stories is no big deal, after all, I rappelled down the front of a 17-story building last summer. Well, the Mindbender makes the DropZone event look like an afternoon in a hammock. It only lasts a few minutes but it's still pretty (terrifyingly) memorable. Also? Turns out I scream like a little girl on fast rides. I did not know that about myself.
Then, I did something I've been talking about for the last 6 months. I went to a life-drawing evening. This is way out of my comfort zone because a) naked people and b) I've never gone to anything like this before. It's not a class; so there is no leader as such. It's just a person (NAKED) that we all gather round and draw.
Well it turned out to be a really nice evening. It was my first time sketching; it was the model's first time modelling. In my head I imagined that the model would be silent and aloof and very separate from the people drawing her; but she turned out to be really friendly and cheerful and came around at all the breaks to visit and see what everyone's work looked like. It was a very low-key, casual, and thoroughly enjoyable evening. She started off with 1 and 2 minute poses:
Then moved on to 3 and 5 minutes:
And then 10, 20, and finally a single 40 minute pose at the end.
If you're looking at the pictures and laughing at some of the details, don't worry, I laughed too. But they're pretty strict with the timer - when it goes off, she strikes a totally different pose. So I got interrupted a couple of times. I'll learn to judge my time better and not give her half a head of hair or only one thumb next time. Also my only goal for the evening was to be able to look at my sketches and recognize that it was a human being. So I'm happy with my progress so far!
Now... what will I do this week to keep up this fabulous momentum?