I was working pretty small in my sketchbook and had a studio mate sitting next to me and didn't have much elbow room. It was cool though, we had a crowded life drawing session making it all worth while. I like it when we have a good number of participants.
these are nice.. though you might try changing up thte line weight a little.. but they still look really good. how long were each of the studies?
I agee with you and sparsons.
Varied line weight is how typically work. These were pretty small in comparison to how I usually draw from life. I tend to use paper no smaller than 12x18, these were on a pad that was 7x10. The thick line was a result of this.
The lesson here is: People at home, draw from life in a larger format and stay loose!
2 -10 minutes? wow.. better than i can do in that amount of time, im pretty slow
Drawing on 7"x10" paper is less work for me. At that size I can draw most full figures and then render fairly quickly. The larger the drawing the longer it takes (a larger area to cover). Sometimes there is a set back to life drawing at a smaller size though, the drawings can get very over-worked. The tendancy is to get tensed up by drawing with fingers and wrists in a tighter fashion and the drawing suffers.
At a larger sizes the strokes are more sweeping and loose - using the entire arm in most cases and the drawings can have more flow and energy as a result. You can also vary the line weight more effectively by manipulating the pencil or charcoal stick during each stroke.
I think that "flow" you want just comes with practice and experience, cuz its starting to show in your drawings. To be more specific, if you have a good sense of form, you will be able to be more confident in your approach, and not be hesitative.
You're both right about staying in practice and getting that experience. We have another life drawing session at the studio later this week and this time I'll have larger paper to work on. I'll post the reults here.