To make up for missing a post on Monday, here’s a double whammy; actually these are two weeks worth of model sessions. We had the same woman both times, and she was impressive. She must have been a trained dancer, for all her poses were very open, and she held them incredibly well for extended periods. There was very little “drift” (as I call it) from the start of her pose to the end. She has beautiful long hair, but she never let it down except to re-braid it during breaks. If we ever have her back, I may try to get her to let it down for a bit of variety. Regardless, she was a joy to draw.

Some 2 minute poses…



A five minute… (And see, even when seated, she kept her form open)


In the first session, I was still playing with marker and that water soluble pencil. This was a 10 minute.


This was a 20 minute, and I abandoned the markers and washes; sticking with a pencil and white chalk. The sessions have gotten insanely crowded, so it’s a pain to juggle equipment— trying to manage 10 markers, a brush, erasers, sharpener, etc…


Another 20… I found it liberating to only worry about getting the basics down, instead of focusing on not dropping things. Stuff that I’d have to chase down, while annoying the other artists.


For the last 20 minute pose from the first night, I took a blender to the drawing in the last few seconds. It had that classic, fine art look that we all find comfort it. Like an old tv show from our childhood, or some comfort food, it just felt nice.


In the next session, when the same model returned, I picked up where I left off. I decided against using those fancy markers, or the soluble pencils, and just drew; keeping it simple.

A 20 minute…


Another 20, but I was trying to get more shadows into this one. Back shots allow a bit more time for rendering, since there are fewer details to get frustrated with while getting in your base drawing.


The last 20 minute for the night. As before, I hit it with a blender, and being mostly a back shot, I had some extra time to work the figure a bit. The beauty of keeping it simple, I don’t have to carry a ton of crap with me, that I have to deal with, and it forces me to look a little longer at what I’m doing. I always over complicate things… any inkers who’ve worked with me, will tell you that.