James L. McElhinney’s drawing class at the Art Students League typically begins with several twenty minute sessions of thirty second and two minute poses, and then finishes with longer poses. I usually go in with a simple idea or problem related to the drawing in mind, and the short pose format presents an opportunity to practice different approaches to use of materials, composition or style, much in the way a musician might use repetition to refine the shape a musical phrase.
Late afternoon sketch sessions at the Art Students League, short poses, 1 to 20 minutes in duration. These are vine charcoal. I like the space that the accumulating residue of previous drawings creates as I continue to work on each sheet of paper until I get something that works.