Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday life drawing: connections

The teacher today was talking about how everything is connected and helps to tell one story within the pose. However, always important to have the figure well grounded. I tend to plant the feet early when I  draw, but sometimes I get caught up and can't finish the pose (ie, first drawing below...!) Always takes me two or three poses before I remember what 3 mins feels like! The last two drawings are 5 and 10 mins. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gesture drawings ...back to basics!

Every week, we have life drawing sessions during lunchtime at work. A wonderful way of having your eyes take a break from the monitor! 

I hadn't drawn on large size  newsprint with charcoal/conte in a long time. It's so freeing! The images below are pictures taken with my phone, hence the poor quality of the images. Those poses were all from 3-5 mins. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Class 3 done!

This week marks the end of my classes with Samantha's Studio Technique drawing classes. Unless more drawing classes are added online  ( wink wink, Sam!)  It's been a wonderful year getting back into drawing. I feel like I not only got back to where I was many years ago, but a little further. Now comes the hard part: continue on my own. I might not update this blog every week, but I do hope to keep it alive with drawings and animation.

This week's drawing is a summary of everything we've looked at in Class 3. It's an image from a picture of the Mary Poppins musical. I thought the actress' expression and pose was so eloquent. It's my first time dabbling with clothing... fun, but still complex for me.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Light and shadow

First, I must apologize for not updating the blog in the past two weeks. I went through a big move in a record time for me, and although I've been drawing, it's been hard to update my blog...mainly because of internet access!

We've been practicing some light and shadow this week. Something I haven't really payed much attention to up to now. Haven't figured out the best way to render it yet...for now, I'm focusing on where to actually put those shadows. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014


We practiced something I had never focused on before: portraiture. If my life drawing looks a little cartoony in its proportions (have a tendency to draw heads, hands and feet too big), it's the same with drawing facials...eyes are always bigger than the model's! Nonetheless, even if I still struggle, it's starting to get fun!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

More line ....

This week, we practiced line work again, revisiting all the exercises we had done in the past few weeks.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Trying to focus a little more on line, using it to create depth, volume and light source...I'm still trying to solidify everything I've learned up to now so I still need practice to get comfortable with it!