Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sleeping female

These are from last night. The first was a warm up gesture drawing of about 5 min. The second was a long pose totaling about an hour 20 min. I was thinking from the beginning it was going to need a dark back ground to make the highlight pop.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Maybe I should have named this blog something other than "Figure Drawing" Since I am posting other drawings such as this one. I did this from a photo last summer. It took quite a few hours to compete. While it turned out quite well, it seemed like a chore to draw. Drawing from real life seems so much more enjoyable. I also find a quicker looser style is more fun and satisfying.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Here's one from early in the class this past year. I think it was about a 20 min drawing.  The line quality could be better, however it still has the thick and thin thing going on that I mentioned in an earlier blog. All in all I like the feel of this one. I would have liked to had more time to work on it.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

seated male

I am somewhat proud of this one. I drew it in class late last winter. Our model has great muscle definition which made for a great study.

reclining lady

I drew this in class last night. This is my favorite model. She really gives life to a pose. It is hard to make a bad drawing of her.

Monday, June 20, 2011

more feet

My dsl was down all weekend so no new postings till now. Here are some more feet from one of our work shops this past winter. One of the things My teacher Michelle Philip taught me that has really improved my drawings, is to vary the contour lines. Sometimes they are fat and heavy and sometimes they are light and thin. In some places I try to let the line disappear all together. It is not something I ever thought about before but now I see in many of the great drawings I admire.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Another female in redcharcoal

I let the figure in this drawing fade off of the page at both ends. Before I started drawing, I studied the model and kept seeing a composition that exclude her right forearm and hand as well as her lower legs and feet. Laying out the drawing this way I feel makes a far more interesting picture than if I had drawn the whole figure.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Male figure seated with pole

This drawing is from earlier tonight. Michelle has a model come in every Wed. for us to draw. I really don't want to say too much about it now. I just wanted to get it posted.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I did this drawing last winter in one of our Sunday work shops.
Today I did another Winslow copy, but it was so bad I decided not to post it.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Female in red charcoal

This is one of my favorite drawings. I drew it a couple of months ago in class. Our model is so creative. She thought it would be cool to wear these shoes for the session. I think it makes this drawing quite unique.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Study from yesterday

I started taking a figure drawing class last year after a long break from doing any art work at all. I have found the class to be quite inspiring and have learned a lot from my teacher Michelle Philip. Yesterday I copied this from my new favorite book "Classical Human Anatomy" by Valerie Winslow. I like drawings that appear to be unfinished. They draw your eye to the part that was of the most interest to the artist. The original drawing was complete with fingers and toes leaving nothing to the imagination. I have attempted to make it more interesting by letting the right arm fade toward the hand as well as fading the legs to the feet.
I am planning on posting one of my past drawings every day or so and also anything new I am working on. So check in often.