slowly making progress

with my weekly life drawing sessions. ¬†Started adding colour last week as I just wasn’t getting the solidity I am plainly seeing in front of my eyes. It is better but not perfect. ¬†However, I am still struggling with the proportions and foreshortening. ¬†One big issue is the fact my glasses are not focusing properly or I am just moving around too much. I wear bifocals so not sure if that is the issue. ¬†So I have started drawing without them which means I can’t actually see the marks I am making on the paper. Its kind of weird but as I cannot actually see what my hand is doing, it has freed up my drawing.


20 min pose


30 min pose


30 min pose

legs and proportion

The life drawing session was a little more successful today but still need a lot of practice.  Legs and foreshortening very much a problem. Proportion also all over the shop.  I have never been into using my pencil or any other device to work out the distance between the head, legs , arms etc.  Occasionally I will use my pencil or drawing implement to judge an angle but  I find measuring a bit hap hazarded, as I  tend to bob around as I draw. If you are measuring you need to be conscious of your positioning.

As to the legs and foreshortening issue , that is just a matter of keep studying what I see is wrong and maybe actually look at an anatomy book for artists once in a while.  Think I will also go back to my old habit of  copying drawings of artists who could draw. Anyway, practice and by the end of the year, I might be getting somewhere.




First long pose, I missed most of the warm up quick sketches so I wasn’t warm up properly. ¬†Like an athlete, you have to warm up before you start any longer poses.


2nd  pose 45 mins, better than the seated pose from last week but legs wrong again.


3rd and final pose 40 mins. Fairly happy with the left leg but the right leg is totally wrong and lacks any substance.  Arms are also completely wrong. Left arm lacks any structure. Right arm way too small and again, no structure.

Slowly getting back

Well, I am slowly coming back after a 2 month hiatus. ¬†My trip to France was not good and send me into a a deep cycle of depression. I was enjoying nothing and the weather wasn’t helping. ¬†However, for about 3 weeks or more I have finally begun to emerge from that cycle and think about creative activities. ¬†So hopefully in the next weeks, my output will increase to at least the previous level but hopefully even higher, as I quick my job last week. I realised that sitting at a pc 4 hrs a day moderating reviews was sapping any artistic inspiration from me.

I have joined a regular figure drawing group on Tuesday mornings and next week I intend to make good my plan to attend the plein air society meetings. Unfortunately, the weather is starting to get hot so that will be a hurdle I will have to overcome but it should be fun. My figure drawing not surprisingly is very weak and this Tuesday just plain bad.  Just need to get over the negativity that comes with failure and get on with it!DSC00041

this one and the one below were done the first first Tuesday I attended. DSC00042


This was this week and the bottom one was probably the worst ¬†ūüė¶

I really couldn’t get to grips with the poses this week and part of it was the amount of movement the model (you can sort of see it in the lying down pose with waving foot)l had but it shouldn’t have affected my drawing that much, I am not an artist who works with careful measurements. I have tried that method but because of a very lazy eye, it just doesn’t work. ¬†The actual room is difficult to deal with as it has no natural light so the model is surrounded by studio lights. ¬†The one thing I do tend to do is place the model in the situation so all the objects become part of the process. This model used a chair and stool ¬†which I was using to place her feet in the lying down position. ¬†It was a long pose so she had a break about 20 mins in. By the time I came back the the chair and stool had been move. She then got herself into position and I waited for a few minutes for her to get her legs in the right place but she resolutely kept them resting on each other. As the organiser tends to do portraits, I don’t think she noticed the pose was incorrect but other people were doing the full pose, so why didn’t they speak up? However, I did speak up and I really should have said something about the waving legs but think I will become more established before I start to grumble. ¬†How I miss those Camberwell life poses, where everything was carefully marked and taped before the model moved. Then when we got back to a pose, the model was carefully placed back into position. Most of the time, the model was in the middle of the room and lighted by big windows. ¬†If studio lights were used they were very carefully placed.

Anyway, I am just grateful I get the chance to do this, as only few years back, there was barely any figure drawing sessions available, not it seems there is something available each day of the week.  Once I am back in the groove I will investigate the more burlesque sessions that are available down town several nights of the week.