Drawing the Nude at West Dean

A productive time was spent at West Dean College last weekend when I returned to teach life drawing. Throughout this intensive course students worked from the life model and experimented and worked through a number of drawing techniques. Each student used a wide variety of drawing mediums throughout the weekend when responding to poses both sustained and short. From measured drawing to reductive drawing using charcoal and rubbers, and experimental drawing using whatever would make an interesting mark when dipped in ink!


We were very lucky to have our wonderful model Jane, who once again set the group her many challenging and inspiring poses. As her speciality is a repertoire of complex poses that challenge the eye where nothing can be taken for granted. Whether short moving poses or sustained she can twist, stretch, balance and even hang, as she works her way through a series of physically demanding and visually stimulating positions.

The student group was a mix of foundation diploma students, those who were further developing their own practice and a small number had never worked from the figure before. The pace of the course was unrelenting and the students worked incredibly hard and produced some fantastic results. During our evening ‘off’ we watched and were inspired by the film Frank Auerbach – To The Studio. An incredibly honest and inspiring biography which is beautifully filmed.

The following photos were taken at different stages throughout the weekend.





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