We had life drawing class yesterday. I had 20 minutes to kill before leaving for class and I fell asleep in the armchair. Fortunately my husband was home and woke me , surprised that I’m not at class. I grabbed my stuff, drove like a mad thing, all the time trying to register where I was and where I should be.

…the very first  one minute sketches, shaky and flustered….


… got highly frustrated at some stage…


….even charcoal couldn’t help….


….and finally after an hour, able to start tightening the loose screws in my head for the 15 minute poses…




….and ultimately finding the 30 minute-pose too long which resulted in unnecessary fiddling…

None of these sketches were reworked on at home.

Casey added her versions in the meantime….see here.

17 thoughts on “Flustered sketches

  1. I love the last 3, especially the crouching one! Thanks for your encouragment to use pen and ink. I’m very inspired by the work you’ve done. x

  2. You handle these mediums so deftly, it’s a nice reminder that you too, get flustered and the lines aren’t always perfect. I love the crouching pose, beautifully drawn!

  3. Love, Love, Love, the last three sketches. And yes it is good to see that you too (not in a bad way) get flustered.
    There may still be some semblance of hope for me yet.

  4. Ronell, I LOVE thse sketches! The last 3 are fabulous with the bits of shading done in your painterly style — just incredible, Ronell! I LOVE THEM!

  5. I think the sketches are lovely. But, I do wish you a more pleasant lesson next time. And, may you wake up early so you can drive like an angel and arrive in good time. 😉

  6. Don’t you just hate being miscombobbled. Once you got settled, I really like the 15 minute sketches. The small amout of washes gave them just the right touch.

  7. I love your mark of frustration – it’s a line of beauty! Then you hit your stride and the results are great. That crouching pose is very nice indeed.

  8. You didn’t appear flustered at all! These look great here, but I can assure everyone that they look a lot better in real life, especially the longer poses. Wonderful work, Ronell.

  9. I like seeing the first ones and the last. I don’t think I could sit still long enough to do a 15 min pose. But I sure do envy your real live models. Mine are are all online. But at least I can’t every late ;D

  10. These are beautiful Ronell, so fluid. I LOVE the frustration piece, I always walk away with a few of those myself! But once you’re warmed up, things get serious—very inspiring.

  11. even for being flustered, these are beautifully drawing figures! That “human touch” of imperfect lines is very often more beautiful than something drawn “perfectly”. Great, great work 🙂

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