Traditionally in a life drawing class the sequence of poses is as follows. Quick warm-ups to begin with lasting possibly five or so minutes followed by progressively longer poses as the evening goes on.  The idea of doing quick drawings to begin with here isn’t really to produce finished drawings but to loosen up.   Life drawing is about looking but the actual act of making marks on paper can be almost like a kind of dance where the more fluid the marks the more lively the drawing.  If you’ve been working all day and had to rush to the class, or if you don’t get to draw much in between sessions this isn’t particularly easy.There’s also a type of all or nothing approach to quick drawings where you might use ink, or watercolour, or pastel or countless other combinations of materials to make a quick painting. In 10-20 minutes there isn’t any real time for careful planning or correction, ( certainly not with ink!) so the idea is to just go for it. When it works you can get some really lively,interesting images, sometimes “happy accidents occur”, but if you’re not that pleased with the results then you just sling the picture away and do another one.I really like John Kinkades drawings. He’s been coming to the class for several years now and experiments with a whole raft of materials including pastels, acrylics, pva ,acrylic matt medium, ink and watercolour. Sometimes he starts a drawing and his friend Richard who comes to the class finishes them off, and vice-versa. These a few of the things that John painted this evening.

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Nice strong colours I like the use of black also.   As well as being an exhibiting artist John also makes guitars for a living.  His web address is

Finally some drawings by Simon Boddy(Thanks for bringing them in Simon).

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