I retired on July 1st and last night finally went to my first Figure Drawing session. If you follow this blog, you know that I was practicing for this moment by sketching figures as 90 sec. sketches of posemaniac images, or 5 minute figures from one of two nude figure photo books for artists that I bought. I'm very glad that I did the prep work over the last several years because I never felt overwhelmed last evening.
I met my dear friend Istar at the Society for Illustrators so I would be with someone who knew the location and process. The setting is lovely - very open space, live music, a small bar for a glass of wine during the 20 minute break, and hundreds of inspiring illustations lining the walls on all floors. We had two models - one short and full figured, the other tall, thin, and beautifully coifed. I frequently couldn't see below their ankles, but on the short poses, I didn't even have time to worry about it.
The 3 hours flew by - and I did all 19 sketches - 2, 5, 10, and 20 minutes in length. I'm just so thrilled to finally sketch live models that I'm uploading a total of 7 to this page. All of the sketches were done with a Koh-i-noor Progresso 6B pencil on 8 x 11" paper in a Working Class Studio, bound, sketchbook that I bought for half-price at Barnes and Noble. I have no idea where I got the pencil, but it was smooth and wonderful on the paper.
Two of Ten 2 minute sketches:
Two of four 5 minute sketches:
Both 10 minute sketches:
Two of three 20 minute sketches: