Monday, January 12, 2009

Drawing from life


I went to what should have been a life drawing class tonight, but the model didn't show, so we took turns drawing each other. Here are the results from three half hour poses. I felt like I was just warming up when it was time to go again.

I love drawing from life and wish I could do it more often. Its so different than using a photographic reference. A couple of the sketches had me itching to paint them instead. Perhaps I'll bring some colour to the next session.





8 comments:

"JeanneG" said...

I really like all three that you did Very expressive. The lady's eyes are great.

Robyn said...

Three terrific portraits, Jeanette. Do you think all your self-portraits have contributed to your ability to sketch someone so confidently from life? You should be very pleased the life model didn't turn up. This is a great evening's work.

Anita said...

Great work, Jeanette! Oh I envy you a life class! Maybe someday when I am living in a more normal place. Tomorrow I am promising myself to go and sketch in the cafeteria.

Teresa Mallen said...

Fantastic drawings Jeanette! Who needs the life model? :-) Your classmates must have been thrilled with these sketches.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jeanne.

Robyn, I draw portraits a lot so that combined with those never ending self portraits help me put down on paper what I see.

It really is good to work from life Anita. I so look forward to times when I can access it, and that isn't that often in this town. Well there are two other regular life classes but they're on weekday mornings! They might figure it out if I call in sick twice a week :)

Thank you Teresa! Its great to wander round after a session seeing what everyone else has done, the different styles and interpretations.

Jan said...

You can get so much detail into a short half hour session! These all look like more than quickie sketches!

~Gina Cuff said...

Excellent drawings Jeanette! I learned to draw faces by constantly drawing from life.

~Gina

africantapestry said...

Love your portraits Jeanette...that first one is beautiful!
ronell