Bren modelled at life drawing on Tuesday. I enjoyed the variety of poses, and even drew part of the room using the mirror in the final drawing.

Mireille modelled at life drawing last night, holding some great twisting and leaning poses. I also enjoyed drawing her hair!

I’ve not made it along to life drawing for a few weeks so I thought I’d better get back into practice with some gestures! I drew these from images at Line of Action, using the 30 and 60 second timers.

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It’s taken me a couple of weeks to put these online! A lovely session with Ana modelling. This time I felt a bit more comfortable using conte pastel to draw.

Moving for work has meant I’ve had to search for another life drawing class … thankfully this last week I found one! It’s a great little group and the model this week, Helen, came up with some lovely poses. It’ll be good to get back into regular classes again.

It was the final life drawing session last week, modelled by Ina. I’ll miss the weekly sketching, but hopefully this will push me to draw more the rest of the time.

Another great life drawing session, with poses from 2 minutes up to 30.

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These are from last month, but I never posted them. The site I use for online gesture drawing has changed its name and is now Line of Action. I began with 20 second poses and finished with two minute poses.2minGestures20secGestures

Last month I got to take part in a fantastic two-day masterclass with Wouter Tulp and John Nevarez. On one day we came up with different character poses and situations for someone saying ‘Go ahead, I’ll wait.’

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The drawings above were my first rough ideas. I wanted to show a little girl waiting outside her house for a friend. I felt I couldn’t get the leaning-on-her-scooter thing right, so I changed it to a railing. Perhaps this is peculiar to where I live but I remember swinging round, leaning on, and falling off of many railings while waiting for friends and parents as a child …

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Here you can see the ‘finished’ leaning-on-the-railing drawing in the centre. This, and the reading ones at the bottom, were my favourites. I thought there was a nice balance between the passive-aggressive child, who really doesn’t want to wait at all, and the young woman reading who would quite happily spend an hour or two more as she is.

It was a quiet night at ATYN on Tuesday, but there were some great poses! Though it took me a while to warm up, I was pleased with my drawings.16

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I made it along to the class on Tuesday and did a little better this time, though I’m still struggling with the confidence in some lines. More practice needed!01

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I’ve run out of newsprint paper and must get some more as it’s the paper I use with conte pastels. This time I drew all the quick poses in pencil, which took a little getting used to.14

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I was very rusty as I began to draw last night. It took me a while to loosen up. I’ve barely sketched this week – what a difference it makes!

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I made it along to the All the Young Nudes life drawing session again this week. For the last two weeks I haven’t been able to go, but I have been sketching from life and pictures more than usual. This time I really noticed a difference in my drawing; I was looser and didn’t panic as much. I must, I must, I must draw more!02 06 08 09 07 05 01 03 04

I’ve been unable to go to the life drawing sessions for the last couple of weeks, so I did some drawing from poses online. They’re not ideal (although the model does stay perfectly still) but I do like being able to do the very short poses.

The hands below were done in 30 seconds each; I used to be quicker but I’m out of practice! I still find hands and feet difficult. Here I was really working to break the hand down as simply as I could – I’ve still some way to go.

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This pose took somewhere around 7 minutes to draw. I’m pleased with it as often my longer poses lose clarity and spontaneity, and I feel this one’s kept that. I would like to do some drawing of dancers in real life.Ballerina

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