Pastel Experiment

Figure Studies, personal

pastelnudeThis one has to have been somewhere around 2001 or 2002, although I don’t remember working in physical pastels during that time. I can tell that it was based on some of the gesture drawings from the previous Life Drawing class that I audited, but otherwise, its origins are a bit fuzzy to me.


Life Drawing Blues

Figure Studies, personal, rough sketches

More life studies from that last class that I took at our local community college around ’01 or ’02. As I mentioned in another posting, this class was plagued with model difficulties (not showing up, very little variety – we had a lot of sessions with the ‘skinny man’), and we were frequently relegated to either drawing the ‘class skeleton’ or fellow students (like the poor morbidly obese fellow below).

More Life Studies

Figure Studies, personal, 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, personal, 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.