More Life Drawings

Figure Studies, rough sketches


More life studies from that last class that I took at our local community college. As I mentioned in another posting, this class was plagued with model difficulties (not showing up, very little variety), and we were frequently relegated to either drawing the ‘class skeleton’ or fellow students (like the poor fellow below).


More Life Studies

Figure Studies, rough sketches


More life studies from that class I audited in either ’01 or ’02 at a local community college. Not much variety in models this semester, and I have a whole lot of drawings of this particular gentleman.

I seem to have a lot of gesture drawings and short charcoal studies from this class, and not very many time intensive pieces. Probably a result of the teacher’s priorities with the rest of the students (an advanced class is more likely to experiment with mediums and spend longer times on a single pose).

Below are a few of the quicker gesture drawings and studies.

Life Drawing

Figure Studies, rough sketches


Somewhere in the neighborhood of ’01 or ’02 I took another life drawing class at the local community college. Again, without a grade, just auditing the class for studio time with a model, and a chance to hone my drawing and anatomy skills. This was the last class I’ve taken in many years, and after looking through these, I am itching to get back into it again (this being written in ’08). This was a frustrating class this time. A lot of students of rather poor skills and aptitude, and the model variety was limited to the same two dull gentlemen with limited pose repertoire. However, I still managed to get some interesting drawings out of it.


More Life Drawings

Figure Studies, personal


More drawings from one of the life drawing courses I audited around this time. I forget exactly which session these came from, but I remember being a bit frustrated with the lack of variety in the models in these last two courses. Same guy, same poses, week after week, and it got just a little bit stale.

Life Drawing Class

Figure Studies, personal

Somewhere around the fall of either ’00 or ’01 or ’02 I took another life drawing class in the evenings at the local community college. Not particularly looking for a grade, but as a way of getting some studio time with a model, and to practice up my pencil and figure study skills. I’ve taken these from time to time over the past 20 years, and have generally had pretty good luck with the class and gotten some nice drawings out of them. This particular class was heavy on students, but the teacher seemed to have a hard time keeping models employed, and frequently we ended up drawing one or another of the students when models would fail to show up.

My memory isn’t as good as it once was, and I’m not sure which drawings went with which particular class, but I think these samples were from this time period.


These two facial studies were from one of those ‘student model’ sessions. We each paired off and drew each other, and while they are both nice facial drawings, I remember being particularly frustrated in this one instance because I wasn’t getting a very good ‘likeness’, and I usually have a facility for this particular skill.



I seem to have gotten a lot of nice gesture drawings out of this particular semester’s work (that is, when we had a model to work from). Below is another of our ‘student model’ sessions with an older gentleman who I got a particularly nice drawing from.