Life Drawings

Practice, practice, practice, is the only way to keep drawing skills fresh and fluid. Drawing or painting are done on a two-dimensional object, paper, or canvas. The artist must convince the viewer that the drawing is three dimensional. How this is accomplished is through the darks and lights around the object. Using the live model form is challenging with multiple shapes of the human body. There are soft areas around the abdomen and hard areas around the knees and elbows. Soft lines and hard lines, soft shadows and sharp and deep shadows will make the figure become dimensional and alive. These sketches are all done using a live model and are timed, most of these drawings are drawn in ten-minutes and up to twenty-minute poses, forcing the artist to make quick and meaningful decisions. I try to attend these drawing sessions as often as possible to keep my mind to hand coordination fresh.