Josh leaning forward against the wall - 20 minute timed pencil sketch

Figure Drawing Workshop: The Male Form - Josh

By DoctorPlatypus | Doctor Platypus | 10 Mar 2021

More figure practice today, with model Josh, poses ranging from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. 

Josh leaning on wall - 20 minute timed pencil sketch

This was the best of them today, not surprisingly one of the 20-minute poses. I had time to do some shading, check proportions more fully and redraw limbs when they were the wrong size, etc. His foot is actually on a chair in real life, but I didn't want to spend precious time drawing the chair haha.

Here's the other 20-minute pose:

Josh leaning on wall - 20 minute timed pencil sketch

A 15-minute pose:

Josh leaning on a wooden partition - 15 minute timed pencil sketch

A couple of 10-minute poses:


Josh in Jaguar Pose - 10 minute timed pencil sketchJosh sitting on the floor - 10 minute timed pencil sketch

And finally, the 5-minute poses. 


Josh in two poses - 5 minute timed pencil sketches

Josh facing away and kneeling - 5 minute timed pencil sketch

I'm pretty excited about how much more successful my fast poses are getting with all of this practice. There's still obviously LOTS of room to learn and keep improving, and I become very aware of that when the artists show their sketches in the Zoom calls - Some people are producing what looks to my inexperienced eye like a finished drawing, with beautiful smooth shading and perfect hair and every fold in the abdomen accounted for, etc. But I prefer to compare my current sketches to my own sketches from a few months ago, and I am happy with the progress I am making. 

It turns out they aren't lying when they say practice is important. Who knew!



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