Life drawing Sunday happens once a month, on the last Sunday of the month. This is great as I can accomplish two open studio sessions in as many days. The problem now is I just need to figure out what to write about.

Life Drawing Sunday, warmup
Life Drawing Sunday, 1.5 minute gestures
1.5 minute gestures

My gesture drawings went well this session, there are a few gesture drawings on this sheet that I actually like. I still need to clean them up a bit though.

Life Drawing Sunday, 5 minute poses
5 minute poses

I’m not sure why I decided to do some shading on these short drawings, I never do that. I think I may have been doing it to cover up some of the bad drawing.

Life Drawing Sunday, 15 minute pose
15 minute pose

I was working fast on this one, maybe too fast. The pose she took for 15 minutes was one that I could tell would tax the model and would shift drastically within the 15 minutes so I decided not to focus too much on measurement and just move through the drawing with as much accuracy as I could garner through comparative measurement. It proved to be a good choice, by the end of the pose she had shifted wildly.

Life Drawing Sunday, 15 minute pose
15 minute pose

Here I was able to focus on accuracy. Overall this drawing is done well, but I need to check my horizontal width more often, I rely very heavily on vertical measurement and plumb lines, but I neglect the horizontal often.

Life Drawing Sunday, 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

I’m not sure about this drawing at all, I’m pretty sure its accurate, but it just looks incorrect and I’m not sure why.

Life Drawing Sunday, 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

This reclining drawing went well, I always enjoy foreshortening poses.

Life Drawing Sunday, 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

This last pose again has a lot of vertical accuracy but I know that my widths are off in places. From looking at these drawings I also have to be careful not to loose the gesture of the figure and the movement in the body.

Life Drawing Sunday Post Inspiration

I found this image of Harold Speeds amazing drawing book here. A book that I have read and think this is one of the best drawing books out there, plus it’s free.





  • Session: 1066
  • Work: 895
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Hipbone Studio
  • Art Time: 3
  • Creative Time:



2 Responses

  1. What size are your drawings or paper they’re on? Really nice work! An actor friend shared some great advice this morning from one of her mentors: “Dare to suck!” I love it!

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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."