Life drawing class in Broomhall centre, Sheffield

On Aug. 27th, my lesson in Broomhall Centre, Sheffield.

Five – 2 minutes drawings


The second fig is really feeling an uncomfortable pose. The fourth fig, the two hands are crossing on the front tummy are not comfortable either.

Three – 5 minutes drawings

The last figure, the head is smaller than it should be. The torso is longer than it should be.

Two – 10 minutes drawings

The second fig by charcoal. On her shoulder, the lines go to the neck really need to be corrected.

One – 20 minutes drawing

The foot in the front can be drawn by a foreshortening effect. At the moment it is smaller than it should be. The two lines of scapulars are feeling afterthought.

One – 30 minutes drawing

Someone was moving around the space to get a better angle to draw this pose. I should do it as well but I keep this way to see what the problems from this angle I will get. My first problem was I wasn’t sure how long the torso should be and how long the legs are? I changed several times the length in the process. The left knee just has been hidden by a cushion which I couldn’t portray them both ( the knee and the cushion). The shoulder blade is not correct.

For the cushions which are supporting the model’s weight on them, I didn’t draw them well. They should look as though they have been squeezed under the torso.

I still couldn’t get a lesson with a tutor because I cannot fit it in around my work.


Life drawing class in Broomhall centre, Sheffield

On Aug. 20th. I carried on my exercise of the structure of the human body in the life drawing class in the Broomhall centre, Sheffield.

I supposed to practice more torsos from this class but I can’t help drawing what I can see.

Five – 2 minutes drawing. Conte sticks on white paper.

For the fig. 1 the right thigh is completely wrong.  I couldn’t stop to laugh at it.

Three – 5 minutes drawing. Conte sticks on white paper.

Two – 10 minutes drawing. 4B & 6B pencils on white paper.

One – 20 minutes drawing. Charcoal on white paper.

Well, there was a mistake after this one and carried on to the next one. When I turned around of my sketchbook and lay down this paper on my thighs. Then most of the dust of charcoals stuck to on my trousers. Before I go home I have to spray some hairspray on this page. I can shade the darker area but I can’t do anything for the highlight. So I leave it is.

One – 30 minutes drawing. Charcoal on white paper.

I am quite happy with the final outcome even though some bits need to be refined like the ankle of her left foot, lower back, and right hand.

Energy(Project form)

On Aug. 13rd I went to a life drawing lesson in the Broomhall center, Sheffield.

It’s a male model for this Sunday. Before we started I saw he was preparing for the pose on lectern where I can see on my right that he was stretching his body. I actually thought he is doing yoga.

So for this exercise, I was excited to start with dynamic from this model.

One – 1-minute drawing

Fig.1 Conte stick

The right arm of the model is not bent down on the floor. It should support the body.

Five – 2-minutes drawing

Fig.2 Uni-ball eye pen
Fig.3 Uni-ball eye pen

The legs of the model are running out of the paper. Then the lines of the shapes are not depicted well.

Fig.4 Conte stick

The right forearm of the model is really needed to refine. At the moment it seems lots of bigger than it should be.

Fig.5 Conte stick

I think I did capture the character of the model who is slim but I need more improve the accuracy of the curves.

Fig.6  Conte stick

I think I got the dynamic but I need to refine the lines.

Two – 5 minutes drawing

Fig.7 Conte stick

The buttock of the model has been corrected several times so the overlapped lines make this area look messy also it is in the lighter half tone area.

Fig.8 Conte stick

Two – 10 minutes drawing

Fig.9 Conte stick

The center of gravity of the model needs to be refined. At the moment he is a little bit falling to the right.

Fig. 10
Fig.10 Conte stick

I drew him much fatter than he is.

One – 25 minutes drawing

Fig.11 Charcoal

The left-hand which is covering his right should, does it look bigger than I should be?

One – 30 minutes drawing

Fig.12 Charcoal

The underneath foot looks wrong I could draw it better. The top half of torso should be blended into the background.


This is a male model. Through the whole process, I was thinking his muscles are strong and 3D feeling. I probably used too many curves, I should try some linear next time for men.

The last stage, for experiment with creating abstract marks that depict movement.

Through the abstract drawing, I was thinking the genres of drawing and painting like Expressionism Fauvism or Cubism. It maybe Picasso’s brushwork is particularly inspired for me. So I used oil pastels for 5 minutes each piece then I got these works.

I don’t know what I have drawn and why I drew like this and with these colours.

Stance(project form)

For this exercise, I am concentrating on the figures’ balance, the center of gravity and the center of axis.

I did practice some stance poses in the last exercise but when I refer back to take a look at them I am worried about one of the figure will fall down.

So I need to very careful of the balance for the figures from now.


The last one looks a bit falling on it.

Then I also have done sketches a bit longer about 10 minutes.

The stomach looks not really natural.

I am back to 5 minutes drawing

The right arm’s shadow looks distorted.

At last, I tried using the way of negative space which I watched on video from the OCA tutor on Vimeo.

This is the worst one in this exercise because the two legs are not level in standing with this pose. I would look better if both feet were at the same level.

I am happy with the rest of the poses. After this exercise, I have learned the stance pose and that they are so important for the figures to let them look comfortable. I am sure they are a point of reference for elements of further work.

Essential elements(Project form)

This time I am drawing a sequence of six different poses lasting ten minutes each. I used the Croquis Cafe’s media.

Fig - 1
Fig-1 – 5B pencil
Fig-2 – B and 5B pencils
Fig-3 – HB and 5B pencils
Fig-4 – B and 5B pencils
Fig-5 – Conte Stick
Fig-6 –  Contre stick

These six figures have the light hitting them from the right side. I think I got the three-dimensional form correct but the lighter halftone should be subdued. I paused the video in the process then I have got time to observe the figures. I tried to shade the dark areas but some bits are too dark. I think I am happy with most of the proportion but I used the time to draw the faces which are from one model but they look like the different persons.

I have tried to draw fig.1 and fig.2 with different shadows but I think the fig.2’s shadow looks better than fig.1. For the rest, I tried the way of broad sweeps of background. I think fig.2’s shadow is the best.

Fig.5 and fig.6, when I used the shadow because the conte sticks are used for rough drawing then for these two figures legs and around with rough lines which are messy the shapes.

Were you able to maintain a focus on proportion at the same time as creating a sense of weight and three-dimensional form?

Well, I sometimes like to take time draw on the face. At this stage, I should concentration on the proportion and gesture. For creating a sense of weight and 3D form, I think I still need to practice more and get my skill improve.

Which drawing gives the best sense of the pose and why?

Maybe fig.3 and fig.5 ‘s poses look better than the others. Fig.3 looks to have a sense of movement and the hands are helping the balance so this figure is a bit interesting. For fig.5 I think I have captured her character.

Was there any movement or gesture away from the model’s central axis? If so did you manage to identify this and put it into your drawing?

For fig.3 on the video, it is 15 seconds pose but I pause it in the middle. It is a movement pose and she was trying to keep in 15 seconds. I have done this gesture well but not really perfect. So more practice in the future will improve the gesture better.

On 4th. Aug, I went to the Parish Council then I got another clothed 4 sketches.

Fig-7 – Uni-ball eye pen
Fig-8 – Uni-ball eye pen

I have captured this man’s character.

Fig-9 – Uni-ball eye pen
Fig-10 – Uni-ball eye pen