Warning – This post contains drawings of the nude figure! If you are at all squeamish about such things, turn back now.
About eight months ago I posted some examples of drawings I made while taking figure drawing classes. In the post I talked about what it’s like to take such a class, i.e., that there is nothing at all sexual about it. Recently I discovered some 18″ x 24″ notebooks from the last class I took, “Faces and Fannies”. The class was given by children book author Marty Kelly.
I’m not great at portraiture and I enjoy figure drawing so this class was perfect for me. It worked on a big weakness while inspiring me with my favorite type of drawing. And I think I did some of my best drawings in this class.
The portrait of the young boy at top is perhaps my favorite. I also like this portrait of a college senior.
When we did portraits the subject sat in one location through out and we usually did one nearly finished drawing. With figure drawing the models did multiple poses and so I have a lot of quick sketches and a few more finished ones. I like these two that are half way between the quick sketch and the more finished drawings I did in the class. This is the same model as the one in the above portrait, the college senior (obviously no one under 18 could model for this part of the class).
After the last class this young lady modeled for, she looked through my notebooks and took pictures of my drawings of her. Since she didn’t do that with any of the other students I assumed she liked them. Obviously I was pleased.
I also continued to draw outside of class. I found this bit of figure drawing mixed in with those from the class. It was done from a photo, not a live model. Because of this I had more time to finish it. Even though it’s not from the class, it was drawn while I was in the class so I’m including it.
We also had a couple of male models. Here is my favorite form that series.
I think it odd that people seem to have no issues with art based on female nudes yet recoil at male nudes. Why is that? Back in ancient times it was the exact opposite. Look at ancient Greek sculpture and notice that all of the men are nude while most of the women are robed.
Modern society has weird ideas about nudity. We have sexualized the human figure making it harder to see the real beauty of the body. Taking an art class helps bring the eye back to the esthetics and away from the sexuality.