I think of it as the artist equivalent of going to the gym. The poses start at 2 minutes, getting longer as the session goes on, ending with a 20 minute pose. Swipe to see the poses get shorter.
High school art
My best friend and I met in high school, but we only lived in the same state for one semester. We wrote long letters, talked for hours on the phone, flew on planes to visit each other, and through years of shared experiences, became family. At one point we photocopied all the letters and gave each other books of our own writing. This is the cover I made for Maya’s book when we were 16, back when I only drew in black and white. 🖤🖤
This is an 18 x 24 inch drawing I did in high school. I did it entirely with ballpoint pens over the course of a year, carrying it around in a tube so that I could draw in between classes. I worked exclusively in black and white for years. 🥀 This piece is about growth and decay, the passage of time, and the cyclical nature of things.
Figure Drawing Practice
I go to figure drawing sessions as often as I can to stay in practice. The one I go to is short pose. We start with 30 second poses, slowly increasing the time every few rounds until we end with a 20 minute pose. If you’re compulsively detail oriented (like me), it’s a great way to loosen up and practice drawing faster. It forces me to get to the heart of the pose quickly, then move on. It’s about finding momentum rather than creating a perfect drawing.
I hate Mondays
I rescued some old art from my dad’s attic last weekend and found this. In grade school, I copied Garfield comics to teach myself how to draw. I totally remember sketching this!