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Head, Hands And Feet – Female Nude (Parental Guidance)

8 Nov


I recently worked with a female model who is a body builder. I had worked with her some years ago before she started her stringent diet and exercise regime and it’s interesting to see how the shape of her body differed so much from before. She now has virtually no body fat.


Before I started drawing in earnest, I did a small thumbnail sketch in the top corner in ink, to get familiar with the proportions and perspective.


This pose gave me a good view of head, hands and feet and as it was an hour long, I was able to give them all a reasonable amount of attention. The hands were particularly difficult because of the foreshortening.

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I drew onto brown wrapping paper using white, sanguine and black conté crayons. I took photos at different stages of the drawing process and you can see the drawing developing in the slide show.


I have a new piece of art in the Womens Arts Association exhibition, opening on Saturday 11th November. Please pop by and take a look if you’re in Cardiff🙂




A New Model – Female Nude (Parental Guidance)

6 Nov


I’ve been doing life drawing since I first started art college when I was eighteen and it’s been part of the curriculum of European art colleges for many years. The nude figure is a part of the European tradition and earliest examples are tens of thousands of years old, going back to the Paleolithic. It’s easy to forget that the study of the nude isn’t common in other cultures and I sometimes worry about putting my life drawings up here on my blog, but these are an integral part of my artistic practice and I feel it would be dishonest not to do so.


Paintings, drawings and sculptures of the nude are in most public art galleries and sometimes in public spaces in the UK and across much of Europe and there’s no big deal about children viewing this art, but it’s not always the case in other parts of the world. So I’m not going to self-censor my blog but I will make it clear in the titles that I’m featuring a nude and suggest parental guidance. Then it’s up to people whether they view or not.

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Last week, I worked with a new model and it’s always a bit nerve-wracking to produce a credible drawing while at the same time analysing a brand new face and form. I drew onto brown parcel paper with black, sanguine and white conté crayon. Here’s a slideshow of the different stages of the drawing.



I have a new piece of art in the Womens Arts Association exhibition, opening on Saturday 11th November. Please pop by and take a look if you’re in Cardiff 🙂


A Tight Fit (Male Nude- parental guidance suggested)

29 Jan
Jan 5

Drawing 5, 15 minutes

Went to life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop yesterday evening and sketched a male model who goes under the name of Ben D’Busse. I started with some very quick drawings and fell into the usual trap of not fitting the figure to the page. I nearly always run over the edges.


Ben is a fab model, really thin, so thin that the drawings end up with a touch of Egon Schiele about them

It was really hard fitting the drawing on the page of my A2 size brown paper sketchbook. I used willow charcoal and chalk, with the brown paper providing a nice mid-tone. I finally just managed to squeeze him all in by the fifth drawing. There was some strong foreshortening to contend with and I took a leaf out of Egon’s book and distorted the body to fit, a lot of his work is distorted.

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