Figure Friday

Our group doesn’t get to see this lovely model too often, but we like the poses she throws at us. This one ranks up there with the child’s pose as one of the most challenging to draw in the span of ten minutes. Closed up studies like this are always great fun to draw. Much of her figure is hidden from view, but the anatomy is still there, and needs to be described in a way that looks believable on paper. Indeed, that’s the challenge for all visual artists – making our 3-D world look believable in 2-D.

Pencil and watercolor wash on rough paper.

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Figure Friday Returns


This lovely and talented model continues to challenge us in figure drawing workshop with the most relaxed looking poses. Here’s my interpretation of one she held for ten minutes. A word of appreciation for our figure models is in order. Even though these poses look relaxed, they are actually a strain on the model, especially when “locked in”, that is, holding a position without moving. It takes physical stamina and discipline to stay still for extended periods of time, qualities very much appreciated and respected by us artists. It isn’t as easy as it looks.

Watercolor wash on Arches paper.