I turned up at my first life class not really knowing what to expect, but ready to try it out. The tutor is very friendly and other ‘students’ some experienced and some less so I felt at ease. I started off in the middle of a 12 lesson course, so instead of beginning with some information on figure drawing I started off with drawing hands.
After a demonstration, we had to draw hands from a live model. The model was very relaxed and knew exactly how to pose so her hands make lovely gestures. Everyone got busy, I grabbed some paper and charcoal and started off!
These are all on A3 paper with compressed charcoal.
The first photo is an explanation on how to divide and simplify hands, knuckles, wrist, and the fingers. When the tutor said its easy to draw six fingers, we laughed, but during the lesson, a lady actually ended up putting six figures, as one of them was bent and she forgot to count it.
These drawings are of a gloved hand, to show the shape of the hand.
The model was holding a fan made with black feathers.
After drawing hands, I felt I was thrown in the deep end…we had to draw the full figure.
Five minute poses…
Then a ten minute pose. I know I was getting proportions wrong, but I was happy that at least the drawing looks like a human figure, nervous as I was…the charcoal did not allow me to draw details hands, so I switched to pencil and made small drawings of the hands …