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I run a life drawing class but I never sketch.

Meldrum nude

It’s true, I rarely sketch nudes these days which is ironic as I run a life drawing class every Thursday even during the pandemic. My problem is that I don’t have time to go to other life drawing classes and right now I don’t actually want to physically be in a classroom anyway. This is why I stream my own life drawing classes. It means extra work for me as a host so sketching has had to take a back seat.
I’m not complaining too much. I get a lot enjoyment out of running my class and I can sketch nudes anytime using photo resources that I have bought throughout the years. Actually, I think I am just making excuses. There is nothing preventing me from sketching or painting watercolour nudes, it’s up to me, I decide.

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Meldrum nude
Meldrum nude
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Painting a naked model takes time

watercolour nude

I have started painting nudes again. It’s a real challenge, human skin-tones are so fine, so delicate. I am enjoying it though. It takes a lot longer for me to complete a nude, I’m not used to that. I don’t really have the patience for it so I spread the painting over several days, I work for an hour or two each day until it is finished. This is the best way for me to work right now, I hope I can improve my concentration with the next watercolours that I plan to paint in the coming weeks. Nude: 36 x 26 cm

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watercolour nude
watercolour nude
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Life drawing will be streamed this autumn

Nude

A live streamed Meldrum Kroki will begin on the 10th of September. My actual life drawing classes are otherwise on hold until the pandemic is under control. More news on how to join my streamed life drawing classes very soon.

Meldrum Kroki startar igen torsdag den 10 september.
På grund av smittorisk kommer klasserna att enbart streamas, ingen deltagare alltså – bara streaming. Mer info om upplägget kommer snart.

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Meldrum kroki is cancelled until further notice

Just a little reminder to say Meldrum Kroki, my life drawing class at Dieselverkstaden is cancelled until further notice. Please check the Dieselverkstaden calendar for future classes when the world returns to some sort of normality. Thanks. Sketch safely, love.
Calender link: https://dieselverkstaden.se/kurser/meldrum-kroki-2020/

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Life drawings from last year

Hi, here are some life drawings from my last sketchbook. The 2020 season began last week, visit my life drawing sessions if you live in Stockholm. Meldrum Kroki – Wonderful models, good lighting and great coffee. More info here.

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My life drawing sessions start again this week

Meldrum Kroki starts again after the Christmas holiday break here in Stockholm. Here is a link to the event calendar on Dieselverkstadens’s website which is always up-to-date >> Meldrum Kroki

Meldrum kroki is every Thursday 18.30 – 20.30 except for school holidays and public days off.
Dieselverkstaden, Marcusplatsen 17, Sickla

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My current life drawing sketchbook

This is for those of you who enjoy life drawing, here is my current sketchbook. I normally just take photos of my work but this time I thought I’d present my drawings on video with a little voice over.
Have a nice weekend!
David

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Some recent life drawing

Like I said before, I don’t really get a chance to fully relax at my own life drawing classes so I go to other venues to practice instead. I say practice and that’s the way I see it, these aren’t finished paintings but sketches where I allow myself to experiment and have fun. I have noticed that the more I practice the better I can draw when I’m painting outdoors. It makes sense, nothing is for free after all.

These sketches are typically 5 minute poses, I usually spend 5 more minutes improving them the day after – some I leave alone. I use W&N Sepia watercolour and a mechanical 2 B pencil.

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Not being able to sketch at my own life drawing class

Life drawing by Meldrum #1

It’s ironic that I don’t have the time to draw at my own life drawing evenings, I visit other places like Konstnärshuset (The Artist’s House) and sketch there instead. I don’t mind at all, it gives me a great deal of pleasure organising life drawing sessions, making sure the lighting is good, getting excellent models and making fantastic coffee.
My life drawing session is today (Thursday) by the way at Dieselverkstaden 18.30 – 20.30, a shameless plug 😉

These watercolours where sketched at Konstnärshuset last Tuesday, number one and two I spent a few minutes working on the day after. The actual poses are between 10 and 5 minutes long.