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Contrapposto is one of my favourite poses to stand in or draw. The Greeks were very fond of this relaxed stance with a tilt in the pelvis and it instantly conjures up a “classical” feel to any drawing or sculpture … Continue reading


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In my first week of reading Drama at Exeter University, we did an exercise which involved writing an ‘Action Poem’. This transpired to be a short list of physical actions; stand, sit, jump, hop etc.  – and  this was your … Continue reading


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  I think some images appeal because the shapes they articulate physically may be something we would like to express (in that moment) but can’t. More simply, we want to do what we see. Or maybe that’s just me, because … Continue reading


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For Anna. One of the side effects of life drawing is that in our nakedness we see what we really are. Without clothes to hide us and ‘civilise’ us, we see, from the corner of our eye, with another part … Continue reading

Mulling Skye

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  Another cheeky sketch for posterior-philes everywhere! It seems appropriate to dub this one,  ‘Mulling Skye’, especially on a day that has seen me in Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh….  


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The nude, Torsion, seemed to go down well, and I raised the whole subject of life drawing so perhaps I’ll try a few more. To be frank, life has been a bit rough recently, so to maintain a sense of … Continue reading


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I loved the tension in the twist of this pose and worked really hard with the direction of the lines to describe the contours of the body (as opposed to hatching) in order to increase the sense of plasticity and … Continue reading


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Tom was one of the life models at the Hesketh Hubbard Society, which is the life drawing arm of the Mall Galleries. It’s a wonderful place to work. It is so quiet, (considering one is 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square) … Continue reading


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  This is the last of the trio of drawings I did from Luc Delahaye‘s photographs in L’Autre, though looking at these again has made me want to revisit this kind of work. I thought this lady looked as though … Continue reading

Le Marin

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  Like Inaya, this was drawn from another Luc Delahaye photograph from L’Autre. The cap the man was wearing made me think of a French mariner and so I selected blue paper to provide a ground for the chalk and … Continue reading