I taught a life drawing class, in Cheltenham this week, for the first time in quite a while.  I always encourage student who want to sharpen their observation and drawing skills to attend life classes and I try to do the same, when I can.  Coincidentally, I have been clearing out some drawers, in my studio and came across lots of old life drawings.

Most classes, or sessions begin with short poses, by the model, in order to help artists warm up, by drawing quickly and trying to get a sense of the figure quickley without fussing over detail. This means that one ends up with lots of sheets of paper covered with little more than scribbles.  I have thrown most of these out, but sometimes they are worth keeping, because they have a particular energy, or are somehow more truthful, in their expression. I have posted here a few which I chose to keep.  Some are quick and others a little more considered, but they all said something to me that suggested keeping them.  Some date back to art school days in the late 70s and others from attending an amazing summer school, led by the late Roy Oxlade and John Moores prize winner Rose Wylie.  That experience encouraged me to be more expressive and I think that you can see that in the drawings.  We also had the opportunity to draw a model with her naked baby, which was lovely.

I hope you find them of interest.



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