Outcome – 3 Hour pose

Forgot to factor in breaks!  Considering I have not picked up a pencil since 15 December and this was a three hour pose it worked out better than I thought.


I was disappointed that I was not able to achieve all my objectives – principally experimenting with other materials and papers.  This drawing would be great as a starter for a painting.  However – the sketching still needs work.  What I would benefit from is doing more exercise in tone.  I would also like to introduce ink wash into my drawing and working back into them with crayon, charcoal etc.  Some of the line work is too harsh.

Anyway as a starter for ten for the beginning of 2017 I am pleased to be back on it again.

4 Hour Pose – tomorrow

I haven’t been drawing for a while.  Its a bit like going to the gym – you start missing a few sessions and then apathy hits.  I discovered a four hour session in Cardiff organised by Dave Daggers and thought hell, I am doing this.

I am apprehensive about the four hour session – it will be the longest session I have done.  I suppose the best way to manage it is to be as structured as you can – have a firm aim before you get there.  So the plan?

  • Focus on areas I don’t normally get the chance to work on in the shorter sessions such as:
    • Hands and feet
    • Head
    • Muscle tone
  • Start the session with a brief reprise on scale an proportion
  • Use larger scale paper – A1
    • Try paper with a bit off tooth in it
    • Get different shades (6 sheets)
    • Use softer materials – try some conte crayon
    • Experiment using blues, sepia and ocher colours to build up the form