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    Quick Studies in oil

    My studio is in a Gallery space on Division Street in Chicago. Every Tuesday night we have a figure drawing session. I went from going to it to now running it. Its uninstructed, I have way more to learn before I can teach. But I wanted to share what goes on. I've been going ever since I got back from Revelations 08. I had a revelation of sorts that life drawing needed to part of my life as an artist and not just some class that was required in school.

    I also want to thank Dan Dos Santos for turning me onto the the 10 minute paintings which I started doing when I got back from the Illustration Master Class last summer.

    The session is about 2 hours so my longest pose here is from 40-50 min. I break out the paints for the 10 min, 20 min and hour poses.

    thanks for looking – Aaron Miller

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    very nice quick painting, you are very skillful.

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    More oil sketches

    these range from 10 minutes to 45 minutes.

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    more in the 10 minute range.
    the panels are usually 9x12 or 6x6.

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    nice work =)
    i did notice that you rarely render the hands and feet (exept for your one that's only hands and feet, heh)
    i think your longer poses could really benefit from adding them in next time. great stuff though.

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    The handling of paint blows my mind off, I didn't know it's possible to work so fast with oils. I think there's some minor wonkyness in foreshortened legs in some of them though. On the two last reclining figures, the bent knee joints look like they fold like an empty tube more than solid limbs. The feet look small too in the earlier one. But excuse the nitpicks, it's an inspiring thread and makes me wish I had more time to experiment with oils. Keep up the good work!

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    I am amazed that your able to get such structure down with paints in 10 minutes. very awesome ... you should take it on the road, do portraits for people on the street you'd make a killing and it would save on getting models lol

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    thanks!
    though i'll also try to get those hands and feet in there in the 10 minutes i have as well.

    i think Andrew Jones did that through Europe, but since I run the sessions the models are free for me. and i have thought about getting some friends to pose to add to the collection of quick portraits.

    all in good time. i'll keep adding to this page and we'll see.

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    More figure studies!

    Adding a few more figure studies, hopefully these are helpful for someone. If you have any questions feel free to ask. All under an hour and about 9x12.

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    Quick studies in oil

    a few more.

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    This is amazing, looks like you have some Freud's influence there.

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    It was great to meet you at IlluXCon, man. As I told you there, I love these figure studies. So inspirational.

    ...So post more of them, already!

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    Illuxcon

    Noah! it was great meeting you as well. What an awesome event. I'll get to an update ASAP. look for about a dozen or more incoming later this week. Its nice to know that these help folks out. I'm also looking forward to the possibility of spending more than on hour on a life painting soon.

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    10 more

    quite a few more images to upload here. i hope you viewers enjoy these. they are a great exercise if you can do it.

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    10 more

    quick studies in oil on panel.

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    10 more

    Quick studies in oil. between 10-60 minutes.

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    10 more

    quick studies!

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    Quick Studies! good for you!

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    ooh huge dump today
    thanks for sharing

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    Nice stuff Aaron! Inspiring!

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    What an immense and great output!

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    a few more

    15 minutes

    60 minutes

    10 minutes

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    Great works! So warm palette, my people look like zombies comparing to yours

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    Hey Aaron, I just wanted to say your paintings are beautiful and your illustrations are amazing. I'm also from Chicago and I have wanted to go to your life drawing sessions for a while now, but with school, conflicting schedules have held me back. I'll hopefully see you during Christmas break.

    Just figured I'd stop creeping and say hello,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woji View Post
    Hey Aaron, I just wanted to say your paintings are beautiful and your illustrations are amazing. I'm also from Chicago and I have wanted to go to your life drawing sessions for a while now, but with school, conflicting schedules have held me back. I'll hopefully see you during Christmas break.

    Just figured I'd stop creeping and say hello,
    -Matt
    Hi Matt, we hope to see you around sometime. If you can't make it to our sessions there are plenty around the city to go to.

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    yikes! I need to update with more paintings!!

    most are around an hour. Hard to say since it includes the break time for the model about 30 minutes in.

    all are oil on panel from life.

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