From a live model, I haven’t had an opportunity to draw any hour-long poses, the longest has been 40 minutes.

This piece is A2 in charcoal, done in my first ever session and I really like it. The model had completely perfect skin, it was like drawing a statue. She was sat on a small foam block and I don’t think I have quite managed to get her feet ‘on the ground’, the angle isn’t quite right…. and it looks more like a left foot than a right foot! I have found that I’ve struggled with feet a bit, but have practiced them a lot and find that thinking about the inner structure helps. I usually still draw them too small to start with.

I’m really pleased with her neck. Just a couple of marks are enough information to show that she is looking to her right. I also like the shoulder and the small of the back, some subtle shading gives really effective volume. I ran out of time whilst finishing her calves so this is not as subtle as I would have liked. I never go back to these studies after the sessions. I was discussing this with other group members and few of them do either. I think perhaps the short duration of each pose makes all the drawings feel like studies for a final piece.

This next study was the final piece in my first ever session, so is the same model as depicted above. It was my first experience of having to deal with marked foreshortening and I think I have managed it fairly well with the arm, back and left leg. The right heel is not quite right and ruins the effect for the whole leg. A4, conte stick and pencil.

This study is A2 in soft pastels. I really liked this pose; the line of the model’s spine was beautifully serpentine, and the way her left, weight-bearing arm was locked gave a strong anchor to the composition. I’m pleased with the way I caught those two things. I’m slightly disappointed by the legs; I didn’t manage to successfully deal with the foreshortening on the right thigh, calf and foot. I knew this at the time and would have fixed that with another five minutes I believe.

A2 study in drawing pen. The model was lying on a table with cushions under her back, creating a step under the small of her back. This was quite hard to capture and it completely threw me off while mapping out the proportions of her right leg. This was my first attempt at using cross-hatching in life drawing. I’m pleased with the left calf muscle and the right breast and shoulder.


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