Life drawing classes are also a good reality check to remind you of what real people's bodies look like outside of the photoshopped nonsense we are constantly fed from the media. People with bony bits, saggy bits, fat rolls and scars are often the best to draw. The model this time had a lovely smooth athletic figure with no real protruding bits, which is actually more of a challenge to draw, because it's a flat/curved plane with no interior details, so you have to get the exterior shape totally right (I didn't get it right this time). I've clearly been looking at too many Egon Schiele drawings for my own good. I also didn't succeed in capturing the model's face. Next time.
Initial crappy warm-up sketches drawn straight in pen.
Longer sketches. I tend to draw straight in pen, or just make a very basic pencil sketch for proportions. The more I fanny around with extensive pencil sketching, the more tentative my final line seems to become. I am also not great at cross-hatching or elaborate shading.
Longer poses. Didn't quite get it right.