Life drawing is always a toss-up whether I'm going to have a great day or a disappointing day. I mentioned before that shading is a struggle for me. I'm still working out how to get the charcoal to do what I want it to. Sometimes I just think, if I could paint this, it would be a lot easier to blend these values! The school does offer a figure painting class, but only once every 2 or 3 years, and I missed the last one.
We've moved into doing a few short warm-up gesture drawings at the beginning of class, and then spending the next 1.5 to 2 hours on one pose. Which is great if everything works out. But sucks if you look at your piece at the end and say, "Really? That's all I got out of that time? Because I thought I would have a lot more!" Now, I am hard on myself. But I have yet to do a drawing where at the end I can look at it and be happy with its entirety. I can usually find parts I like, but sometimes those are the parts I barely spent any time on, and the ones I really worked on disappoint me.
So, as I go off to life drawing class right now, I can only hope that I have a good class and can be happy with at least part of my drawing. Or that I keep learning. That's supposed to be the whole point, right? Clear the mind and start fresh every time. Better stop looking at all the things I could have done better in these drawings then! (Although there are a couple of things I do like in each of these. The last here is my least favorite, the one I was so disappointed with last Wednesday).