30sec and 1min

by Varve, November 8th 2020 © 2020 Varve

One page has 5x 30sec poses, the second page has 5x 1min poses. Done with a blunt pencil, partly so that I don't get tempted by fine details in the longer poses... (I come to drawing from drafting. Fine details and precision in non-organic, static images are my norm.)

Done as part of a 30 minute class.

My current goal is: Reduce stiffness and make my drawings feel more dynamic, energetic, fluid


These are great, I really like the one on the bottom right. Your lines are confident too. The main thing I'd suggest would be to focus more on the forms and shapes of the muscles.


Thanks :) The other pic in my sketchbook is a 10 minute pose where I did have time to work on the shapes of the muscles. I haven't got to the point yet where I can get very far into that in just 1 minute!


You use line of action and contour really well. The top right is my favorite. I'd say next step would be doing longer sessions and building on top of those fun lines, try to get refine them without losing the spirit of the pose.


Thank you! I do some longer sessions, using the "classroom mode". One of my 10 minute drawings is the other image I've posted on this site.

Tx Williep

Great practice. You have a nice variety of posses. I always told my (math) students, you can not be sharp without a sharp pencil. I use a sharp pencil. I understand why you used a blunt pencil. Try using larger paper and charcoal sticks. In a local life drawing session, many use 18 in x 24 in paper (newsprint) with charcoal sticks (I use a 9 in x 12 in sketchbook with pen & ink). You can go on the more advanced drawings. But as always, practice, practice, and more practice.


hehe yeah sometimes I do use something capable of finer detail. It's just for practicing this gesture concept, for quickly capturing shapes, that I've found a blunt pencil helps me. I used this in painting too, a small canvas with a (relatively) big brush to force myself to not fuss with tiny details when the overall image is what needs the focus.

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Well done on your start, varve. Listen, you're doing a great job.

However, I've got one smallest request: again, I see a little bit of the stiffness dying down, still, can you do me a favor, and please do yet another 25 minutes of 30 second sketches? (50 sketches)

The reason why is because, you'll be able to follow through even most in your current goal, as we speak.

Hope it's been completely beneficial and serviceable.


I will definitely be doing more of these!

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