Success In Life Drawing

After 8 months of consistent life drawing, on average twice a week, I have a drawing that I’m willing to keep. This is saying a lot because not only do I hold myself to a very high standard but I’m not one to hold on to my artwork. If I can do it once, I’m sure I can repeat it a second time and usually better.

The model tonight was a young female. Most of the time young female models are the most difficult to draw due to the abundance of soft curves which are hard to translate accurately but tonight’s model was thin enough so a lot of the skeletal structure was apparent. Basically all of the major landmarks were very visible.

Success In Life Drawing: warmup
warmup
Success In Life Drawing: 1.5 minute gestures
1.5 minute gestures

Hey a few of these gestures actually work well.

Success In Life Drawing: 5 minute poses
5 minute poses
Success In Life Drawing: 15 minute pose
15 minute pose

I thought this drawing was going well until I’m viewing it now. I have a lot of issues with the head and her right leg that was pointing directly at me.

Success In Life Drawing: 15 minute pose
15 minute pose

Her neck in this pose was, or looked, super long. I’m thinking I may have exaggerated that a bit. But I’m happy with how the torso and thigh turned out.

Success In Life Drawing: 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

I’m actually using color pencil for this drawing. I wanted to try and capture her portrait but I really got the eyes in the wrong place and this color pencil does not erase well at all. I was considering it to be very similar to ink, wherever you put it down, it’s there to stay. I’m happy with the torso and thigh though, it seems the focus on cross contours and depicting the form in space is helping tremendously.

Success In Life Drawing: 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

This is the best drawing of the night, an probably one of the best drawings I’ve done in 8+ months. I have it hanging on my wall currently. I was able to do this drawing in only 30 minutes, the next challenge would be to do this well for every drawing and then see how far I can take it with a long 3 hour pose.

Success In Life Drawing: 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

I’m also very happy with this drawing. Her head shape is a bit off, the distance from the bottom of her nose to chin is truncated but the rest of the body is spot on.

1 thought on “Success In Life Drawing”

  1. Those do look very good. Maybe in the not so distant future, you could write a post about your progress and compare older figure drawings with your most recent ones and really detail the improvements?

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