I’ve been attending a Thursday evening drawing group the past few weeks to get back into the swing of drawing the human figure. It’s a pretty laid back group with some great skill and many different approaches to the subject.
I don’t believe I’ve posted any figure drawings before, so for those who aren’t aware life drawing here means drawing from the nude model. A lot of people are shocked by this, and maybe a bit uncomfortable. If this describes you, then feel free to navigate away from this post – however I’d encourage you to have an open mind and attempt to appreciate a practice the old masters themselves utilized. I had the same feelings when I first discovered I would have to do so as part of my art major. But any hesitation quickly faded once I had experienced a life drawing session. It is an intricately beautiful form, and can portray such a wide swath of the human condition. I won’t waste any time here defending the practice, as others have done so far more eloquently. For those who are skeptical or curious, I will direct you to Scott Parson’s reflection on the study of the human figure.
Below are a few drawings, done during 20 minute poses, with which I was quite satisfied: