Drawing from life

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

"The ability to draw from life determines the artist's skill. This is why live drawing classes have always been at the top of the curriculum for properly structured academic workshops." (Igor Babailov) Note to self: sign up for more life drawing courses!

I'd never really understood the attraction of figure drawing until I tried it. I see now that the human body presents the artist with an amazingly compact landscape full of beautiful lines, forms and tones. But what a challenge to capture it on paper!

Below: three pencil and watercolour sketches produced under the enthusiastic tutelage of Paul Millar and a dark field monotype (19cm x 25cm) I produced at home.


For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

(Psalm 139:13-14).

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