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: