Practice, Practice, Practice

I've been taking another art class this fall. I've been enjoying it because it is specifically a figure drawing class, and the teacher is great. The problem is that the primary medium is charcoal. I had a teacher once (not my current one) who told me that anyone could draw well with charcoal. I think I may be the exception. Charcoal is pretty messy, and it smudges easily. But that also makes it easy to  manipulate---at least by people who know what they are doing. I'm not quite there yet.

Here are a few 2 minute sketches. (Click to enlarge any of these images.)

Here's a longer pose. I think it was around 1-1/2 hours.

I probably needed another hour and a half to finish this one. As it is, she's kinda floating.