This weekend I had the chance to drop by a figure study session! Whenever I have time, I try to get to a figure class to resharpen my skills. All works here made in Procreate on an iPad Pro. The brushes used were Georg's Procreate Brushes - highly recommended!
We started out the session with some faster poses - like the pose above.
After 1 minute and 2 minute poses, working on a 5 minute pose feels like some kind of impossible luxury.
I prefer using a blue line instead of black because blue is more radiant and easy to see. Blue has many meanings attached to it, such as royalty, the male gender, the sky, or depression. To me, blue is not necessarily carrying any of these meanings - it is just an eternally vibrant color.
Once a pose is over, it is over for me - I can't go back and rework the drawing, because what happens is I realize I am not following the truth. I find myself making up shadows or lines that don't exist - which ultimately ruins the drawing. I'm sure other artists may have better luck with this, but for me, I feel I am just wrecking any justice I may have done to the model. So, I just leave everything as-is, as soon as the pose changes.
For the last pose, I had time to really focus on details and trim my line down to a narrow, more gentle contour. It is funny how the more realistic a drawing or painting becomes, the less that line is used - line fades out of existence as a form, and shapes and colors take over. This makes sense to me because, like a mockup of an electron, line doesn't really exist - line is just a way to understand.