Figure Friday: All of it

I sometimes post a sketch or two from my weekly figure drawing session under ‘Figure Friday‘. Those weekly figure drawing sessions are many things to me:

  • A way to stay in touch with drawing what I find hardest: the human figure.
  • My weekly warmup session: miss a week and it shows in all my drawing.
  • A time to experiment with new media: (sometimes, not this week).
  • And a time to talk about art, seeing, what we’re working on with fellow artists.

Results don’t matter so much. Still, I usually select and post sketches that I think work. So this week I thought I’d post everything from one session. The ones that worked, the ones that didn’t and the huge majority in the middle, the meh ones. Much as I love it when things come together and work, I also just really, really love drawing. Drawing is hard, drawing means seeing so intensely it’s tiring. Drawing is frustrating. But I love the act of drawing.

We start with ten 1-minute poses. Charcoal on newsprint.

And then we move on to two 5-minute poses. I really struggled with the one on the right, so I drew, redrew, drew bits, but still didn’t get very far.

A 15 minute pose comes next.

And the last session is an hour-long pose broken up into three 20-minute sessions. Usually, I do a charcoal study or two in the first session, write up some notes for myself and then do some color studies in the next two sessions.

Watercolor Study #1
And closeups from it:

Watercolor Study #2
And closeups from study #2:

Alright, quick poll, just for fun:
Watercolor study #1 and watercolor study #2. Which one works better for you? And why?

Happy Friday!

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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23 Responses to Figure Friday: All of it

  1. The second full study works better for me, Suhita, in my (extremely) humble opinion, as the model seems to be much more ‘grounded’, back relaxed and herself really firmly seated on the stool, gravity working right down her spine.
    Can you tell us, please, what colours you used here?


  2. Marike Stokker says:

    Hi Suhita, I like #1 most, because it’s more suggestive and simple


  3. darylzblog says:

    Watercolor study #2 the whole image comes together better. Light sculpts the body so the thigh looks a little too wide but the face in shadow works well.
    I agree looking so intensely is exhausting. Also I can do amazing drawings in the afternoon when I have been at a drawing session in the morning. It pays to be training myself to look long and hard.


  4. Rene Wojcik says:

    Very nice sketches, but the watercolor # 2 seemed to be the one I liked better. It was more defined . The head and feet were better developed. And the figures shadows, values and line of action was done better.

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  5. Elena says:

    I liked study #1 — it seems fresher and more immediate. Color not muddy. I also liked the contrast of the draped stool with the figure.

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  6. Kit Schuetze says:

    I liked # 1 because she looks more relaxed. She sits easily on the page. I looked at the drawing as a whole and did not wonder if her head was wrong as I did in the 2ed watercolor.
    I enjoy reading your blog, thank you.

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  7. Helen says:

    Watercolor number 1. It seems brighter.

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  8. Harold Goldfus says:

    I prefer figure#2. The dark colors of the face and the towel and the gray on the thighs and the foot give this a more somber and dramatic mood than figure#1. Normally, I like brighter colors, but figure#2 suggests more of a story than figure#1, and I have a preference for drawings that tell a story.

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  9. Annie says:

    #1 for its flow, spontaneity. Thanks for asking!

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  10. Susan says:

    I love both and would be very happy if I could come close to doing either, but I think I’ll go with #2. It feels more cohesive somehow. The water seems to flow from the page.

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  11. Thank you for posting your sketches from figure drawing. I do like #1 best.

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  12. Sorry I should say why i chose No. 1. Spontaneity and the position of the head.

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  13. Kate Burroughs says:

    I liked #2 better. Seemed more “in focus” than #1. Both are nice but since you asked…..

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  14. rhodadraws says:

    I prefer #1…easy choice! The skin tones are more vibrant. the foot (and leg) more elegant. And I think it’s more interesting to see less of her face. Actually, the head on #2 seems a bit awkwardly placed.

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  15. Pete says:

    Brave of you to ask for comments! I always look forward to your posts and am grateful that you’ve included your “meh”ones ( had to look that up).
    I prefer your first sketch, probably because I’m a fan of Charles Reid and it reminds me of his style.
    Thanks for sharing your sketches.

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  16. Hi Suhita,

    These are such all such wonderful sketches. I liked the figure #1 as it is fresh and loose, specially near the neck and the foot. Figure #2 has more defined edges, but I loved the light in both of these.
    I enjoy your posts and artwork, thanks for sharing!

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  17. miatagrrl says:

    I like them both for different reasons, but I guess I vote for No. 2 because of the stronger light on the model’s back. I love seeing your entire collection from one life-drawing session. I usually have a similar stack of a few I like, a few I hate and a whole bunch that are meh. Like you, it’s all about the love of drawing for me! Even a very bad day at life drawing is better than a day of no drawing. 😉

    – Tina

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  18. Meredith Davies says:

    I love them both but #2 a little more. I think it’s because there is more definition and stronger darks. Love all of your work and really enjoy your posts. Thanks Meredith

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  19. I prefer #1 – you nailed the gesture, flow and value in that one. #2 seem a bit overworked and too studied. I’m too lazy to photograph all my figure drawings, and I’m not sure if I should use FB or Instagram to post nude studies due to my corporate day job, but you’re still inspiring me to post my figure drawings!


  20. Margaret Hunt says:

    Nice job!! Love these too!

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  21. Nicola Durrant says:

    I love the really quick 1 x minute sketches as they are full of life and movement. However, I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to any of the others either….they are all gorgeous!

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  22. Love them both – thanks for posting – I have been struggling to figure out how to do watercolor sketches of life drawing and seeing yours helps.

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  23. ntths66 says:

    Nice work. I am more drawn to #2. I find it more interesting, texturally


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