Last night at life drawing

My favourite sketch of last night’s life drawing session was when I got bored drawing the model and started drawing the other artists in the room. Aino was so focused on completing her oil portrait that she didn’t see me drawing her at all. It’s really fascinating to watch someone paint — something we almost never do since we are usually so focussed on the model ourselves. Aino leans in to see the details in the model’s face, then she makes a stroke or two. She changes the colour on her brush and leans in again to measure, to check, to compare. Two or three strokes go down and then the cycle repeats itself. The brushes in her hand are in constant motion. I found the process of drawing her much more interesting than drawing the model, perhaps because of the intensity of her focus compared with the passive pose of the model. Something to think about for next session.


Here are some of the drawings I did of our model Paul, before drawing Aino.




9 Comments on “Last night at life drawing”

  1. hyllaevans says:

    You really captured her intensity, her focus, even her Soltek! Much more content there than the model posed.

    Well done!

    Hylla Evans



  2. Bernadette says:

    Your comments are equally as fascinating as your drawings. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Alison says:

    I know Aino! You really captured her perfectly.


  4. Suzanne says:

    Fun post Shari. All your sketches are good and tell so much. I especially like the whole of Aino and the left big toe, wedding band, left “mollet” and tummy, knee, pose, LOL, the whole of the 3rd sketch. I like how you capture the lighting in your work.


  5. Judy Sopher says:

    Love your drawing of Aino. All are equally good but I can understand getting tired of the model. My art school in Philadelphia was a” classic” one–nude models in every room except the still life room and casts. ( tho most of the states were nude) Drawing, painting, even clay modeling. I would have loved to draw the other students but for the teachers being present. In spite of all my jabber, I so look forward to your posts.


  6. joantav says:

    I like that you captured that intense look on her face. I like sketching other artists too. It is fun to observe them from afar. Nice sketches of Aino too!


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