A sketch from a memory of my teaching days. Believe it or not, when I think of a typical student pose, this comes to mind. I'd look out over the classroom after giving a demo, and most of the kids were concentrating like this--they were funny and great characters!
The other night someone asked me if I missed teaching. Not a simple answer to be had but:
I downright miss the students, and their constant activity, and their goofy conversations. I miss teaching them new drawing techniques and learning even more from them--they were amazing instructors who taught me a lot and pushed me to consider art ideas of which I'd never thought. (I miss their music recommendations, too.)
It was the Best Career, inextricable from my artwork, and I'm lucky to have had that opportunity.
When I think in my sketchbook with a pencil, these are often the kinds of drawings that happen. Thinking with pen or marker produces a very different result. Not sure I could count the times I did this sort of seated figure as a foreshortening demo for students.
I love music and musicians and making up strange costumes. This little guy is on his way to becoming a painting. At this stage I'm having uninterrupted time to sketch and paint, and that was definitely not part of my life as a teacher.