Life Drawing

I love life drawing.                                                                                                             Drawing the human body is such a pure thing. I run a class on Wednesday evenings with my chum Liam at our local heritage centre:

My life drawing diary from 31st October 2018. These sketches were produced whilst I was taking 6mg of Raponer XL. Since late November I’ve been on 10mg (click on the photo for dates and notes):

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Jane, 50 min pose, 04/09/19
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Jane, 25/08/19, 4 hour session with Liam and Viv. Acrylic on canvas.
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21/09/19, Fleur, 50 minute painting.


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14/08/19, Sandie, Acrylic on board. 55mins


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Michael 8/8/19
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Sandi, 12/07/19. 4 hour session in the studio. Acrylic on canvas.
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10/07/19. 1.5 hour pose. Coloured charcoals
19/06/19, Chris. 40 min pose. Experimenting with oil pastels and turps to blend. Mixed results: lacking in detail, and the proportions are out. I need to practice and refine the technique (or scrap). What I do like is my new found confidence using colour, and there’s an attitude that was previously missing.


Jane, 45 min pose. 12/06/19
Jane, 55 min pose. 12/06/19




Gordy 22nd May 2019. Bolder and bolder, with less detail, but more confidence.




Chris 30min and 50min poses, 15th May 2019.

I loved this week’s life drawing. I’m drawing with a new found freedom and confidence. I’m much less tight and precise, and I like the process and the results. I’m getting more depth of colour and the lights and darks are more pronounced. I’m really happy with the direction I’m going, but just feel I’m up against the clock – how long will I be able to draw the way I am doing? When will I need to start adapting?

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Jane. Four hour painting session on 5th May 2019.




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Jane, 17/04/19. 40min pose. A bit too loose, but enjoyable.





Paul, 10th April 2019


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27/03/19, Sandi. Loved tonight’s poses and bolder approach.

Julie Painting

24/03/19. This was an extended 4 hour session at CHC. Julie was the model, and I had a great time with broad brush strokes and bold acrylics. I’m pleased with the care-free nature of my painting here.

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15th March 2019. A wonderful 4 hours painting Jane in my studio with Liam. I started really strong and then over-worked it. A great way to spend 4 hours and I’m pleased, not frustrated with the outcome.








13th March 2019. Always love drawing Julie. I enjoyed this session, and felt no hindrance from Mr P.  Just felt I lost my way with the drawing – caught somewhere between trying to be accurate and enjoying the flowing nature of the drawing. I think I over worked it.









Really enjoyed this session. Two challenging poses, particularly the standing pose with lots of length and few angles. Drawing, hatching and shading felt fine.

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27/02/19, Paul. I got really emerced in this evening’s drawing. Played with textured paper and pastels. My drawing felt fine – not exactly reflecting my mood at the moment.

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Jane 20th Feb 2019. 40min pose.

20/02/19. Jane. Great attitude in this pose. I felt on form and enjoyed the process and result.









13/02/19. Jo. Struggled a bit today with detail and shading. Fear I’m in need of a medication review.









06/02/19. Paul. So much happier with this week’s drawings. I’ve got more depth, and feeling of mass and balance. Cross-hatching was better.

















Julie, 16/01/19
Fleur. 09/01/19. Really enjoyed this session. My movement was there  and enabled me to shade and hatch as I like.
Fleur. 09/01/19. So pleased with this result after 3 weeks off for Christmas. Detail and cross hatching was possible.









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Jane, 05,12,18
Jane, 05.12.18
Lifedrawing painting Janet
Painted from a photo of me. Now on 10mg of Raponer XL
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Paul, 28th Nov 18
Mike, 21st Nov 18
Anne, 14th Nov 18
7th Nov LD
Sandi, 7th Nov 2018.









Below are a selection of images from early 2017 through the summer, my tests and diagnosis period. The drawings were big, bold, but I seemed to struggle with subtlety, and quality of line. Cross hatching was proving impossible.

A selection of sketches from before the end of 2017, before I started to notice a difference to my hand writing (micrographica):