Every week from May to December, George and Emily Thompson, local artists, host life drawing sessions in their Bucks County, PA barn/studio. The models are always professional and some fabulous, and artists come from all over to attend. I try to get there at least twice a month, sometimes more if I'm lucky. Hauling a portfolio, easel and backpack full of art supplies, I get there a half hour early to secure a spot with a good view of the model. My good view is head-on which I find very challenging. It's also a good feeling to be drawing with other artists who are there basically for the same reason. A book was written about the allure of life drawing titled "The Undressed Art; why we draw" by Peter Steinhart. We're all serious and busy working, with socializing between poses; a perfect scenario.
My technique is one-line contour drawing which is very zen-like and I find myself off in another world, no telling of time, a place I revel in. But it isn't all other-worldly. At times, I get aggravated at not drawing correctly and have to talk myself back to that pleasant place. I can easily carry the bad mood back home with me and it isn't till the next day when I can view my work again, to rationally decide which drawings are keepers and which ones go in the trash.
The first image is a pencil (4B or 6B) drawing, the second, a black marker (Paper Mate Flair) drawing on tan paper, the third a single figure in watercolor and the fourth, three figures in watercolor with charcoal line. The first three were done in 20 minutes and the triple figure were three different 2 minute poses on one sheet of paper. The 2 minute poses are fun and very energetic.