Last month’s life drawing session from the School of Painting was focused on the work of Whistler. I felt especially lucky this time as Julie, the model has gone to the trouble of making her dress specifically for this class – how amazingly dedicated is that?

We started off with some quick standing poses in charcoal on white cartridge paper:

Then a couple of seated poses:

Moving onto ink for a slightly longer pose:

And then I got to try gouache for the first time in over twenty years. I’d forgotten what a versatile medium it is:

Back to charcoal for the final standing pose:

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this online life drawing session with the School of Painting – but then that adds to the anticipation of learning new things doesn’t it? The class focused on Picasso’s style of painting his figures in multiple dimensions, merging the viewing angles to distort and give a whole new perspective.

So, drawing in charcoal on Clairefontaine A4 ribbed Kraft paper (90gm/41lb), we started off with head and shoulder viewpoints which were then combined:

The combination-figures then progressed to include more of the body:

Longer, single view poses followed, focusing on the playful patterns that Picasso favoured:

And we rounded off with dancing, swift single line poses:

I loved the encouragement to be playful in our drawing during this session. As always, an excellent insight into this aspect of an artist’s work.

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I experienced a way of life drawing I haven’t used in a long time during a recent online session with the School of Painting, St Ives. the session focused on shape and shadow, influenced by images from classic cinematic scenes. As you can guess from the title, I was drawing the model and her shadow. I used charcoal throughout and, as is usually the case with that medium, I loved some of the results! Here are my drawings from the session:

Still poses:

(↑ this is my favourite drawing of the session)

 

Drawings whilst the model moved and swirled, I sketched the images when she paused for a few moments:

 

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The latest online life drawing session run by Gary Long at the School of Painting, St Ives was a real treat! The model was dressed and posed in the style of some of Egon Schiele’s clothed models, a true privilege. Gary Long introduced me to some of his processes when I took a course of his, some years ago, and it was great to revisit and develop them. Here are my drawings:

Charcoal drawings on white paper:

Charcoal drawings on textured pastel paper:

Drawings in soft pencil and watercolour on textured paper:

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Continuing the life drawing theme from yesterday, here are life drawings in charcoal. I have a passion for wind instruments and loved drawing a cello. It was also a privilege to have witnessed a life model courageous enough to show her mastectomy scar, hope I did her justice.

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