Life Drawing Class

Figure Studies, personal, rough sketches

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.

Life Drawing Continued

Figure Studies, personal


A few more samples from that life drawing class I took in the fall of ’99. A more finished drawing above, and a couple examples of some of my favorite gesture drawings below. Of all the classes I’ve taken over the years, this one young lady (whoever she was) was one of my favorite models.

Life Drawing Evening Class

Figure Studies, personal


Sometime around here, I took an evening class at my old alma mater (can you call it an ‘alma mater’ when you never actually graduated?), mostly as an excuse to get some model drawing time in, and a way of keeping my ‘paper and pencil’ skills and human anatomy skills sharpened. I can’t remember exactly when I took this class, but it was either ’98, ’99 or ’00, and was one of the rare times when I didn’t take this class at the community college. This was a smaller class than usual, maybe 5 students, and the instructor was very ‘hands off’, more of a babysitter than a a teacher. Some very nice models in this session, and I got quite a few nice drawings out of it, of which I’ve selected a sampling to post here. I worked mostly in charcoal and conte crayon in this class, only taking the pastels in once, but worked on nicer paper than usual.


Life Drawing Class

Figure Studies, personal


From time to time, I’ve audited a life drawing class down at the local community college, as a way of keeping my skills fresh, and to get out of the rut of purely commissioned work. Records are nonexistent for these drawings, so I’m just guessing when they were done, and which class they went with. I think these were all from about the same period, sometime in the mid-nineties.