It's not easy to funnel into the pencil in your hand what your eyes have sent to your brain. It takes more practice than I have given over to it. All the same, last night's drawing class was enjoyable. About a dozen participants including some art teachers from nearby towns and a number of "ladies who lunch". A congenial group. We chatted between poses. The session began with a number of two minute poses to help us get into gear. This was followed by a few ten minutes poses, a couple of twenty minute poses, and a final forty minute pose. The model was a stand-in with no previous experience. Two rather exhausting hours, for him and for me, given the fact that you cannot let your concentration flag. I think I'll do this again.
I learned that the best results may be had when I start with the line or curve of the body that is most appealing to me, and build the rest of the figure off it. Everyone else in the class worked with bigger paper and next time I will too. My images kept running off the page. I wonder why I don't mentally scale down what I see so that it will fit the page. Perhaps I have been made lazy by the camera wherein I immediately zoom-to-fit or move closer or further away from the subject.
I think I am most satisfied with the ten minute sketch in the upper right corner. I started with the curve of the spine, and I was startled to see that the head was placed correctly and that the left hand appeared to be functional.