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Quick draw!

So after a couple weeks of no life-drawing, we were challenged this class to speed draw multiple positions. For example, the model would hold a pose for 45 seconds and then switch to another pose for 45 seconds (or there abouts!). She would repeat this 4 times which means that we were switching between 2 drawings for the duration.

We did this for 45 seconds then 30 seconds and then would you believe 15 seconds?!

Here’s the results, and a few other longer drawings..

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This is going to be messy!

arms length charcoal life drawing

This weeks exercise was to make a drawing of the model by using charcoal as usual but this time it was taped to the end of a foot-long stick and we were to draw at arms length. So I was drawing from at least a metre away from the easel.

This is going to be messy! Or so I thought..

Yes, it is harder to make the detail but from where I was standing, I found it was  easier to compare the model to what I was putting down on the paper. My eye was able to flick between the two rather than having to move my entire head. The charcoal was making great noises on the paper and you get some uncontrollable marks on the paper depending on if you were drawing up or taking it down. You have to try it!

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Progress in life drawing

weight on the back foot

So the life drawing classes I’m taking with Roy Eastland are going really well, I am learning so much! I thought I could draw well but Roy has shown me at least a few new ways to approach a drawing. I won’t give away too much – you’ll need to take a class yourself 😉

Here’s some of the latest efforts..

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Practice makes perfect

photo of drawing of my hand

I’m practicing some of the life drawing techniques Roy Eastland is teaching us in his life drawing classes. Without the use of a model (Ann refuses to stand in a state of undress in the middle of the room as it’s turning colder) I am forced to find other subjects on which to refine my skills. Here is a ten minute charcoal on paper drawing of my hand.

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Life Drawing


I’ve enrolled in Life Drawing classes in an attempt to give myself a better foundation for my art. The classes are run by Roy Eastland who is a very talented, likeable and unassuming man. If you haven’t already heard of him, you should look him up 

So I started off not knowing what to expect – Ann has done this before but I haven’t been taught any type of art since my school days. I loved the first class and Roy taught me several new ways to see and connect with the model. I won’t waffle on too much, here’s my attempts from the first lesson: