We had our “rentree” of figure drwing class this past week. After not doing any life drawing for about 5 months, I felt rusty and slow and struggled to gather my focus. There was quite a bit of talking going on, I would like it to be more work and less talk. I was hesitant to post these, since they feel so without emotion, so lifeless and rigid, but then I remembered…it isn’t about perfection!

See Casey’s drawings from the same class.

Have a  look a Susan’s creative figure sketches, especially her “figure extravaganza ” and “muse of the vineyards”. I wish I could be next to her in life class.

Moving from 2 minute sketches, to 5 minutes and then to 15 minutes. All done on paper with vine charcoal.





30 thoughts on “Figure sketches

  1. I don’t think these are quite so lifeless and rigid as you do – especially if you haven’t done any life drawing for 5 months and people were talking – for which crime they deserve to be banned (Extreme I know, but it disturbs others and it’s exceptionally rude when you have a person posing nude for your benefit, imo). Now I’ll climb off my soapbox.

    Sorry, needed to do that.

    It is said ‘Create with your heart, it shows’
    …It would seem your heart is alot stronger than your mind because it was ticking along there in the background without you even noticing.
    These are wonderful, emotive and sensuous….They describe your heart perfectly! 😉

  3. You are such a talent Ms Ronell! They are awesome to me, who never gets to sketch figures, and I reckon they are pretty damn good even to a practised eye. If you keep posting, this life class of yours is going to be a treat for all of us. The second and the last are particularly lovely.

  4. I can’t believe it has been so long since my last visit. I feel embarassed. It should be compulsary to visit your blog every day! Every time I do visit I’m stunned by the gorgeous work you produce Ronnell. You really have something special going on.

  5. These are just wonderful, I can’t believe you think you are rusty. Life drawing is this Thursday and its been a few months for me too, I know I will feel the same. I hope my sketches turn out half as good. My favorites are the second and last also. I think I like the back side of figures, they have very pleasing lines and those sketches give enough information without telling the whole story.

  6. I think these look wonderful, Ronell, especially the last one. It was a tough class – I think we were all a bit out of step.

  7. Maybe the first one is a bit rigid, but not the other ones, they are lovely! I wish I could draw like that from a moving model. Never tried it, apart from my efforts at drawing my own children. Anyway, I know how tough it is…

  8. They are very delicate and soft….beautiful. I am going to the monthly figure session tomorrow at the museum…I’ve missed the last two due to traveling. I think I am’inspired’ to take some vine charcoal as well…..I’m afraid I will feel rusty as well…

  9. I missed visiting here ( not feeling that great Lately), BUT, I’m thrilled I got here now.
    Ronell, these are beautiful. I don’t think they are stiff at all, by any stretch of the imagination.

  10. Your figure sketches are very nicely done and show stick-to-it-ness. (is that a word?? –hope you get my meaning…)
    I know what you mean about talking during the session–I tend to like it quieter too. Lately I’ve felt tight when I first begin…. guess we just have to plow ahead and practice ,practice, practice!

  11. There are some lovely curves here … not lifeless at all … Life drawing is HARD after a break. In fact, it’s hard anyway. Nice to visit your blog again!

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