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Life Drawing

February 3, 2009

I’m lucky enough to do life drawing twice a week right now.  This is incredibly liberating.  When I only went once every 2 weeks, I was much more stressed out about my drawing.  Now I can see that I have good days and bad days, days where one medium works really well for me, and other days when I can’t do a thing with it.  I generally draw better in the morning group, but things change.  We’re lucky enough to have some amazing models, but I find that I respond to some better than others, I couldn’t say why.  Looking around, I see that all of these thing seem to be true of most people, and I learn a lot from watching some of my exxtremely talented drawing companions.  I keep saying I’ll work on life drawing (for example practice hands and feet!)  in between sessions when the pressure is off, but I don’t often get to it – maybe today?

Here is a sample of the ones I like best from the last couple of weeks.

Quick  charcoal drawings (2 to 5 minutes)

Pencil – usually 5 minutes

And finally, watercolor and pencil – I need at least 5 minutes to do one of these – often the poses stretch to 10 or even 15 minutes (at the end of a session, we sort of stop counting!)

And sometimes when I’ve finished a pose and the others are still working, I try my hand at a quick portrait:

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2009 12:12 pm

    I LOVE all of these, Casey. You’re the only one who makes me think that I should add life drawing to my routine when I retire.

  2. February 3, 2009 3:25 pm

    Well done! Thanks for posting these, some are just exquisite. This really inspires me to take up a life drawing class… I really like your new blog look and banner! But then, I would…. it’s the beach.

  3. February 3, 2009 4:42 pm

    Oh, you are GOOD at this, Casey! All that practice is reaping the most marvellous rewards. I don’t know which of these to single out for special praise. Thanks for sharing them all!

  4. February 3, 2009 7:02 pm

    They remind me of Charles Reid’s nudes… wonderful color and simple lines to capture the figure…. I’m really impressed.

  5. February 3, 2009 9:16 pm

    These are fabulous Casey!! And only 5 minutes. Wowee.

  6. February 3, 2009 10:09 pm

    Casey, your work just gets better and better all the time. I am such a fan. Love your new header again, too! These are wonderful figure studies.

  7. February 3, 2009 10:43 pm

    these are great! so fluid and alive :>)

  8. February 4, 2009 4:16 am

    Look at you go girl!! Wow, I love all the work you are showing lately. The pastels are awesome… Also I love the life drawings. Really, can’t say enough to let you know how much I love the work I see.

  9. February 5, 2009 3:48 pm

    These are delightful sketches! It is amazing to see what you can do in 5 or 10 minutes!! I love the subtle nuances of the portrait.

  10. February 6, 2009 10:50 am

    Very good, Casey! I like them all!They look so fresh and as if you had done them totally effortless…

  11. joasdi permalink
    February 7, 2009 10:10 am

    Great work…..I must say that you are amazing good in figure sketching.

  12. February 8, 2009 3:02 am

    I love the watercolor and pencil ones best but these are ALL so nice!!! Sue is right– you’re work IS getting better and better.

  13. February 8, 2009 6:15 pm

    Your life drawing sketches are amazing, Casey. So much movement. I love the first pencil and watercolor (figure lying on her side)—great color, light and shadow.

  14. February 9, 2009 4:38 am

    Your drawings are wonderful, and you do them quickly! They’re lyrical.

  15. February 10, 2009 2:27 am

    I love them all – each one is a little poem.

  16. March 25, 2011 9:10 am

    Great studies. Really like them; nice and fresh. Particularly like colour studies.

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