drawings from life

this isn't my thing, really

but if you can’t draw, you can’t illustrate.

Drawing from life, much more than drawing from photos teaches you to look and see the world.  It’s a very enjoyable exercise.

I used to do life drawing every week back in the 90’s then there was a 20-year gap and I picked it up again.  Here are a very few examples from both phases.

this isnt my thing, really

but if you can’t draw, you can’t illustrate.

Drawing from life, much more than drawing from photos teaches you to look and see the world.  It’s a very enjoyable exercise.

I used to do life drawing every week back in the 90’s then there was a 20-year gap and I picked it up again.  Here are a very few examples from both phases.

this was one

of my latest life drawings from the first stage, I see it’s dated 2002

one of my favourite

drawings ever.

This tiny scribble was of a dancer in rehearsal at the NSCD in Leeds, UK.

I was working for the architects who were designing new dance studios at the School in the 90’s and the School let me sit in on rehearsals to sketch.

another

from the same series

20 or more

years later, I was living in Oman.

Models in life classes in the Middle East don’t take their clothes off – but I found an evening class where we could draw things other than naked people.

this is still life eh?

(joke)

my wife

from a photo. 

I love this pic. 

She doesn’t

me

I actually bought an easel to draw this picture.  I used it twice.

Pencil on cartridge paper Spring 2017

oops, me again

a lighting and expression exercise from my bathroom mirror

Procreate on iPad  – August 2018

and another one

 

The nice thing about me is that I stay still and do what I’m told while I’m posing.

just found

another one from long ago.

This was ink wash done without a pencil under drawing from life.  I have pictures of this guy’s front view too, but probably the two of his back posted here and at the top of this page are the best.

in fact

I quite like backs.

This is more recent stuff, done at Dave Bissit’s life classes at the Hive  . . .

March 2019

. . .

. . . and . . .

a male model!

5B pencil on watercolour paper.

March 2019

. . .

the other side of the same.

it always

fascinates me how some artists successufully represent a smooth texture using coarse hatching. Sometimes I even manage to do it myself! April 2019

. . same

model, different pose.

the “return to home” icon in the right margin of this page is by xkcd and appears here as my tribute to John Conway who died in april 2020.

And to misquote Louis Armstrong – if you have to ask why I put it here:
. . . you’ll never know.