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Sketches from my sailing holiday in Greece.

Greece, a beautiful place with lovely people. Shame about the trouble it is in. I hope it gets better for them real soon. I spent a week sailing between Corfu and mainland Greece. I had a wonderful time.

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Smudging my lines

I bought two sticks of Derwent XL Charcoal ( Ochre 01 and Sanguine 02 ). They are small and chubby so I don’t know why they call them, XL! But, this is not important – what is important is that I am having lots of fun smudging grated charcoal powder all over my pencil sketches. I used some grated red pastel and black charcoal also in the mix of things. All drawings are on Fabriano A4.

7 minute nude

5 minute nude

5 minute nude

10 minute nude

5 minute nude

5 minute nude

2 minute nude

2 minute nude

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First life drawing after the summer break

It felt real good to be back life drawing again. I chose not to watercolour, instead I used pencil, pastel and charcoal. I was able to cover a lot of paper in a very short space of time with these materials. Very satisfying and lots fun, I smudged a lot with my fingers. All drawings are on Fabriano A4 sketch paper.

Life drawing by David Meldrum
10 minute nude. (Please click image to open slide presentation)

Life drawing by David Meldrum
10 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
10 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
15 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
15 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

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The less time the better

Honestly, the more time I spend on a drawing the more I wreck it with uncertainty. Keeping it pure isn’t easy after two minutes. This is why I haven’t shown any of my drawings that were longer that two minutes this time around.

Nude by David Meldum
Two minutes

Nude by David Meldum
Two minutes

Nude by David Meldum
Two minutes

Nude by David Meldum
Two minutes

Nude by David Meldum
Two minutes – plus a little more shading
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Madame Flex

Location: Basis, Stockholm, Saturday, 20140201.

Saturday’s model was incredible in the way she could flex and bend her body into the most impossible positions. What was even more impressive was the fact that she could hold these poses for ten minutes without much effort. She left us feeling exhausted after trying to work out the lines of her anatomy during the two hour session. It was fun.

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Two minutes

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Two minutes

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Two minutes

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Between five and ten minutes

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Ten minutes

Figure drawing by David Meldrum
Two minutes

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A favourite of mine

Location: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm

It is always easier to sketch when one enjoys the subject that one is trying to capture on paper. This was the case for me yesterday evening when I drew one of my favourite models.

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minutes

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minutes

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minutes

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minutes

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Saturday’s Life Drawing

Location: Basis, Stockholm

Great model, the same girl as last weekend. I was not really in good shape physically but I managed to produce a few decent sketches. If you don’t feel good, it’s hard to be good!

Nude by David Meldrum
10 minutes

Nude by David Meldrum
15 minutes

Nude by David Meldrum
5 minutes

Nude by David Meldrum
3 minutes