By Tina Koyama in Seattle, Washington, USA
Although I never do it during Seattle’s short and precious outdoor-sketching season, I enjoy going to life-drawing sessions in the cold, wet winter months. The studio is kept warm for the nude models, and I can certainly use the practice. The short poses of one to five minutes are especially productive in forcing me to identify critical lines quickly – a useful skill for real-life life-drawing opportunities.
This morning I sketched a little girl eating a chocolate-frosted donut as large as her head. She kept still for just about the length of a one-minute pose. The man gazing at his phone (and drinking two coffees at once!) was more like a five-minute pose.
The man working at his laptop? Even long-pose models take a break after 20 minutes; I’d have to call him a still life.