This fall I have been taking a figure drawing class with Lisa Semerad at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA as part of my figure/portrait self-education program. Although I pompously said "self-education," there is no substitute for good teachers, books, and models, when it comes down to learning to draw and paint figure/portrait. So I should have said "self-guided". My apologies.
Today was the fourth week, with the focus on the head and torso. The model arrived a little late; then about five minutes into posing, she passed out! Lisa, an experienced teacher, took it in strides for this sort of thing happens in figure drawing classes once in a while, as tired models rush from one job to another, sometimes with an empty stomach. The poor model was later struck (gently) by an overhead clamp light, too! It's fortunate that it was not Friday the 13th, only Thursday the 13th. I am grateful for the models who pose for really modest monetary compensations.
The above drawings were all ten-minute poses, no time to develop facial features or hands. The top one was the second of the series and is my favorite.