I very much enjoy drawing from life. A couple months ago I found out that another artist in my neighborhood – literally, less than a quarter mile down the street from me – was hosting life drawing sessions. I attended a couple of times before the holiday crunch decimated all remaining free spots on my calendar, and plan to return this month. Drawing from life is a wonderful and refreshing challenge, and I really enjoy working with conte crayon.
I prefer to warm up with a lot of one and two minute gesture sketches before moving on to twenty minute contour sketches.