Life drawing on Zoom

Apart from vacuuming my den, the best two hours of my day were spent life drawing through Zoom. Along with other live events taking place during this isolation period, if you look around you can also find live life-drawing sessions. In the session I watched, the model set up her phone in front of her pedestal and went through a series of short and long poses, over the course of a couple of hours. She started with 1-minute poses and worked her way up to the longest one of 20 minutes.

In the best of times, this would not be my favourite way to do life drawing, but this was certainly better than no life drawing at all. Since the model’s phone is in a vertical position, the poses are always standing or seated, and the lighting is not ideal, but two hours passed in a flash. I worked with some old inks I found in a drawing, and instead of using a brush or a pen, I mostly used the glass dropper in the bottle to paint with because I like that thick and thin line you get from it. And the ink stays wet long enough to take a damp brush to it if you want a bit of tone.

If you think you might like to participate in this, look up @annacatherinemuse on Instagram. She posts the times of her sessions, and you just have to message her to tell her you are interested.

Also, congratulations to Pam from San Diego. You won the draw! Please drop me a note with your address. You can use the contact form on my website:

11 Comments on “Life drawing on Zoom”

  1. Denise says:

    Lucky Pam! I may have not won the prize, but every one of your posts is a gift-this one is no exception. Glad you are well and staying busy!

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  2. Alison says:

    Your enjoyment shows through in these sketches.


  3. I found a local Philly artist who has been putting together virtual drink and draw sessions with still lives. I posted some of what I created on my own website/blog. Do you have links to the life drawing sessions on Zoom? I’d love to participate in something like that!


    • Drink and draw sounds great too. I have no links for the session. Just go to Instagram and look for @annacatherinemuse. You’ll find her. Message her to tell her you’d like to join. Sessions are free but donations are welcome.


  4. Donna says:

    Thanks for this info. I found figure drawing classes to be almost intimidating because of all the other artists. This eliminates some pressure by doing this on line. Very interesting. I haven’t been bored yet. Too many things on my to do list. I should put painting first on the list every day.


  5. joantav says:

    You got such great lines with the dropper!!! These are lovely! I have also done some life drawing with Facebook and YouTube models. There are all kinds of opportunities out there for drawing.


  6. Betsy says:

    Enjoyed seeing these life drawings. Very gestural, lovely.

    I’m really thankful for your daily posts. I look forward each day to checking in toward the end of the day for the latest sketch.


  7. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning dear friend Shari,

    With just 2 or 3 color combination you displayed a splendid work.
    But I have my own choice, I really got drawn to the Second sketch.
    Waiting, feelings, thoughts and so many expression radiate from this sketch.

    Other too are good, but disappointment is that the Heads are partially cut.



  8. Judy Sopher says:

    You have put life into figure drawing. So well done. The art school I attended in Philly was a classical one. Almost everything was done with nude models.( drawing, painting, clay modeling, etc. ) . I think the still life room was the only place without them. so-I lost interest in such classes after those years. But you make them look like fun. And your technique is lovely.


  9. […] the Zoom video conference app for life drawing, and her resulting ink sketches, was so inspiring! Read it here. An artist’s model is holding scheduled poses on Zoom for real time sketch […]


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