Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The long and short of life

I've recently started doing a weekly life drawing class at the Prince's Drawing School; I thought it would be good to have a bit of disciplined drawing practice. And it's an extra challenge because it's late on Monday and it's really warm in the life room!
Last week's session was two and a half hours of two minute poses, so the pace was fast a furious. You have to be brief with your marks and allude to body parts rather than describe them. It's hard not to get bogged down in the details, and of course it also helps if you think about what you're doing first.  So much to think about in such a short amount of time, it's difficult just to fit everything in in two minutes. You end up with a lot of disembodied parts.  Below are some of the most complete sketches from the session.

This week we did three longer poses and it was a real luxury to have time. I was most pleased with the last drawing I did (below), in 50 minutes, using oil based pitt pencils. 

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