Quick Studies

I was absolutely delighted to finally find a life drawing workshop after looking all summer. I had a two hour introductory workshop and afterwards was so happy to discover the tutor organised a regular life drawing session, so I can only hope to get some great experience from this.

We didn’t quite cover exactly what was prescribed in the instructions but more or less followed a brief of quick studies followed by longer studies.

This is a one minute sketch:

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1 minute sketch in charcoal

These sketches were all done in 2 minutes each:


Sorry for the bad quality images, I have such bad lighting for photography. The first one is in pink crayon so it very pale.

The two standing poses were a little more successful in representing proportions, the seated one is a mixture of sizes.

These were also two minute sketches from a different class:



Then two longer studies, both for ten minutes each:


It’s funny how changing the position leads you to making errors, the torso is too long in the lying down sketch and I didn’t have time to draw the blanket she was resting on.

The second sketch isn’t too bad considering the differing angles. The proportions are slightly better.

Two more from a later session:


There were obvious difficulties in getting the proportion right as this is new to me I tried not worry too much about the details but rather focused on getting the volume and general body shape right. I really tried to observe well before drawing and also look at the model a lot whilst drawing. I haven’t really considered planes before but I did encounter a few problems with the different body shapes. Am so grateful though that the models are so different, they have different bodies but are both so great to draw. The models have blown me away with their posing skills, it has been such a great experience.

Life drawing clearly requires lots of practice so I am trying to attend this informal class weekly, going forward I will need to learn how to do hands, feet and faces and also foreshortening is going to be an issue!



2 thoughts on “Quick Studies

  1. disart22 says:

    Hi Louise, I love the layout of your blog. It’s lovely and simple to follow. Also love your work. It’s really imaginative and inspiring. Keep up the good work. I wish you every success. I also enjoyed your research on how the depiction of nudes has changed. Thankyou

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  2. Louise says:

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate that as I had a very mixed part three, it’s very encouraging to hear. funnily enough I just changed the theme of my blog as I wasn’t quite happy with it so I am very glad to hear you liked it!


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