Figure Friday

This lovely lady was (if memory serves me) a writer by day, but she also had a short-lived career as a figure model. She posed for us a few times, and even wrote about her experience as a live model in a blog called The Yellow Robe. She was talented, and I managed to get a few good drawings from her poses. This is one, a ten minute drawing, using watercolor pencil and wash on Bristol board. We were disappointed when she retired.

Recharging Batteries


Every young mother (and father) knows this feeling. Keeping a full work schedule and starting a family when you are running on interrupted sleep can wear a body down. So when the nine-month-old finally takes a mid-day nap, so does mommy. That’s when I grab my sketchbook, ‘cuz I know I’ve got a 15-20 minute pose to draw. This is gouache: ultramarine blue, cad yellow and cad red plus white – touched up with watercolor pencils on Arches paper.