Life drawings are sketches of live models, traditionally unrestricted by clothiing so that we can study how the body works. As the model sits stil lfor a limited time, life drawings are usually freely drawn in large format. We consider and re-work shapes, light, and shade, and the drawings need not appear finished in the conventional sense. The varied marks we make (mistakes included) give the drawings a sponanteity and 'life' that is absent from copied or invented figure drawings, and some drawings will be more successful than others. This is drawing practise, as well as practice, and each person's sketching style is as individual as their handwriting. Therefore the drawing is as much about the artist as it is about the model. Life drawing is a challenging, frustrating, yet very rewarding meditation on the human form. It's the very best way to train the eye, and is considered by most to be the basis of all artistic practice. These sketches took me 5 - 40 mins. All artwork is copyright protected.

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