Another Saturday Drawing Session

We have different time limits for our sketching and drawing sessions. There’s the two minutes gestures, the ten minute sketches, twenty minute drawings, and then we have a full hour on the same pose.

An interesting thing happens as the time limit gets longer. People tend to slow down with their drawing process, but at the same time choose to draw more of the model. Now logic would tell you that if you get half of the model drawn in twenty minutes, you should complete a nice finished work of the entire figure in an hour. But it doesn’t happen like that because artists change their speed thinking they have plenty of time.

Once I realized that I fell prey to this method as well, I changed my focus during these live drawing sessions. Now, I often concentrate on areas of interest based on the shadows I see crossing the figure. As the time frame for drawing lets longer, I just concentrate more on the given area. This way I end up with a much more complete drawing, even though it’s only a portion of the figure.

But I’ve focused, studied and concentrated on what I’m seeing.

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