Back to figure drawing from New Masters Academy photos. I must admit that drawing from photos is not near as exciting as drawing from life, but it fits my budget.

Not until doing a whole month of figure drawing sessions around 2 hours long each have I realized how important breaks are. For live model sessions it’s important that we give the model at least a 5 minute break in between poses. What I didn’t realize is that the 5 minute break for the artists is just as important.

I find that if I take a 5 minute break after each 20 minute segment and walk around a bit that I keep my focus and energy longer. Of course this does shorten actual drawing time a bit. For a three hour drawing session with breaks you only get about 2 hours of actual drawing done. But I feel that quality over quantity is better in the instance.

figure drawing, warmup
figure drawing, 2 min drawings
2 minute drawings
figure drawing, 5 min drawings
5 minute drawings
figure drawing, 10 minute drawing
10 minute drawing
figure drawing, 10 min drawing
10 minute drawing
figure drawing, 20 minute drawing
20 minute drawing


  • Session: 1312
  • Work: 1138
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."