My New Halloween Tradition

Drawing the human figure is one of my favorite things I can think of doing. What could make this better? Combining two of my favorite things of course!

Halloween has long been my favorite holiday with nothing else even falling close. I was/am one of those people who refuse to grow up all the way and just be an adult. I often have conversations with my roommates about how adulting is hard and we just don’t wanna do it anymore.

But I digress. The reason for this inspiring post centers around a specific club activity I went to a few years back. One year for Halloween my club decided to have a figure drawing night but wait it gets better. We were to come in costume!!! I can tell you right now I was ridiculously excited. I mean kid in a candy store level excited.

What made this get together even more fun filled was the little fact where I also love to sew. I don’t just mean sew as in, oh here is a cute blanket I tied knots in. I mean full on I’ve been sewing since I was maybe 6 or so.

Now I’m going to go off on a side tangent for a moment so bear with me. I first remember sewing some clothes for our dolls. My mother would have us pick out the fabric, cut it, pin it, and sew any straight lines. We would do this often enough that a few years later we sewed a small doll house closet full of outfits for my sister to take with her when she went to Russia with a teach abroad program called International Learning Program (ILP). Soon I was sewing my own outfits for Halloween, my aforementioned favorite holiday. Each year I would chose favorite characters from shows I watched like X-MEN or video games I played.

This year, the year my club first hosted this themed figure drawing night, I had made a costume for the character Maya from the video game Boarderlands 2. At this point you might be thinking, “oh God! What a nerd!” and that’s cool. Not everyone can handle the joy of releasing their inner child. I was so thrilled despite the haters that I had a chance to wander around in my stellar outfit and even possibly pose in it. I mean who gets to draw their favorite characters from real life?


Needless to say the event had a great turn out. Some students had brought multiple costumes and props so we had even more to choose from. Ever since then I have pushed for our club to repeat the tradition of hosting a themed figure drawing night each October. I guess I wasn’t the only one who really enjoyed it because we’ve had one every year since so far.

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When I graduate I think this will be one of the things I really take away from my college experience. I might even have to make this a personal tradition and host my own themed figure drawing night each Halloween with my art friends I’ve met in school and those I find along the way.

Let me know what you think. Is this something you’ve done before? Got any great ideas for fun things like this all year long? Let me know in the comment section below.


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