I'm always trying to get new friends to join my clothing optional life drawing group, and plenty give it a go, so the latest sessions had someone new, and someone's second go. I especially like these stretchy quick drawings at the top:
More friends to draw... Well, including the same friend whose face I like to draw. A very sleeping looking collection of images this time.
I'm really pleased with this first one, it's probably my best face drawing up to this point, and the scribbling give it so much texture and makes the shadows feel almost alive!
Same model, now with a prop, booo! Can I blame the distraction of the umbrella for the horrendous faces on these ones??
Thankfully the umbrella was only visiting for part of the session.
And there I go, drawing the other drawers again!
This is the most regular model at the uni society, and she's a real pleasure to draw; always comes up with interesting poses, and the way her body behaves, and folds is so interesting and beautiful! Didn't really do her justice in these first drawings, but did better later!
It had been a few years since I last did any life drawing, when I found this year that the art society at my old uni did a weekly session. Strangely, some years after graduating, this is one of several uni societies I have got quite involved with this year! As you can see, I was a bit rusty getting back to drawing again!
After going to life drawing at the gallery now and then for a while, it got cancelled, because the gallery was getting renovated. I didn't do any drawing for a while, until I discovered a local artist held occasional sessions in his studio space, so I went along to that. I only went once though, I think it clashed with my working arrangements at the time.
I'm not a big fan of props; I don't mind a neutral block of something for a model to position themselves on or against, but when that becomes something they are more activity interacting with, or something more overtly designed, than the prop itself becomes a bit too dominant in the composition for my liking. Case in point, the time the model was asked to sit in a deck-chair. Yuck. I do quite like drawing what's going on around a model though (mainly only if I get bored with a particular pose), like this time I drew the other drawers:
I think it was at this session that I really realised I like to scribble; just keep messily drawing until the image builds up; it's a very satisfying and busy way to build up an image. These first two contrast the scribble-form with a more traditional sketchy look, of the same pose. I much prefer the scribble version:
This model only seems to have liked laying poses. Not especially fond of any of the drawings from this session, got some real feet-scale issues going on!
I've been to a few different places that host life drawing sessions, and they're all pretty similar in the basic structure of things; short poses at the start, gradually working up to longer and longer poses, then one or two much longer poses, and often shorts again to finish. I learnt pretty quickly that I much prefer shorter poses - I'm not aiming to be especially realistic (I have a camera to do that...), so I find after 15 minutes I've done all I want to do with most drawings, I much prefer the challenge of capturing a pose in few seconds or couple of minutes tops. Enough to get the shapes, and then move on. So these sort of quick drawings are often my favourites:
Alas I have longer periods to fill too. You can see with this model I really didn't get on well with her face! Indeed faces and me generally don't work out that well!
I first tried life drawing in 2009, going to sessions held at a local gallery. At the first one I went to, the model was a particularly rotund older man. From this first time, and ever since, I generally prefer to try and draw whatever I end up with, rather than moving around to pick an optimal view; I see it as part of the fun of the exercise. In this instance that delivered me a spherical stomach with feet and penis pointing at me! As you can see, I got the feet a little on the small side, but otherwise don't think this is too bad.
The only other drawing I have from this first session is this weird stylised thing: