There are a lot of different ways to use figure drawing. It’s only recently that I have begun to approach sessions with specific goals in mind. In art school I would draw for 6 hours at a time and rarely, if ever, did I begin a session with a plan. The gun would go off (so to speak) and I would quickly start drawing, trying my best to get something appealing down on the page. This is something I still struggle with, that urge to just draw on autopilot. If you don’t think about what you’re doing, at least a little, you can end up practicing the same bad habits over and over and fail to learn anything new. I think there are a few goals an artist can focus on to avoid this sort of brainless drawing. In the next few posts I ‘ll try to expand on these.
One of my figure drawings - charcoal on paper (20 minute pose).
22 min pose