Rosie, the chalk pastel you see above, dimension 50 x 65 cm, on Canson Mi-teint paper is one I did while working at Basic Inquiry, a life drawing society based in Vancouver.

I’ve been talking with Chris Miller and his website which is


He inspired me to post this drawing to share with anyone interested in life drawing figures. I realized as I selected this one from my digital art files, that I have not photographed many of the figures because galleries are seldom interested in selling figure drawings. So other work I’ve done has taken priority in the photographic records department. I’ll have to correct that.

For most artists, figure drawing and painting is a building block of art practice. It’s one of the things you must do in the process of formal training. It’s almost like doing figure eights and other compulsory figures in skating

In the process, many of us become addicted to the challenge that it presents. Figure Drawing is not easy. There are always arms and legs, hands and feet in the way and they can be devilishly difficult to do convincingly.

The figure is so subtle. It’s rounded and catches light in minute increments of tone.

Putting that on paper, catching the form and personality of the sitter – all of this becomes like a wonderful meditation. An artist can become absorbed in this task for hours, trying to put two dimensionally what the eye sees as three.

How the model stands it for three hours is a miracle. Try sitting for five minutes without moving and you will see what I mean.

Here’s praise for the long suffering, patient models. What would we do without them?

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