Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nude Male Ink Sketch - Reclining Pose

Pen and ink on paper - 8" x 10 1/2" (SOLD)

I haven't done one of these in soooo long!

The last time I went to an open studio life drawing class was sometime last summer. I've just been too busy helping my family right now to go back.

Here's one of my ink sketches that I still saved.

I really love this pose, especially the shadows being created from each leg. The figure is almost fading into existence!

One of these days I've got to go back.

God, how I miss it!


AndyDrewby said...

Nice drawing! Don't give up you'll get get back to class one way or another.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Lovely- I like the shadows too.

Anonymous said...

This is amazing...such beauty. What a true gift you have ;)

Dean Grey said...


I hope you're right about me going back to that life drawing class!


Lady Ren!






It's always a pleasure having you three stop by!


Unknown said...

You are an incredible artist.

Ekanthapadhikan said...

Wow! Kudos to your attention to the details. I'm a great fan of nude art - paintings, sketches, photographs... There's something to nude art - something more thought provoking, something subtler than the conventional forms!

melanie said...

Yes' i believe you are a very brave and courageous man and i hope one day you will be able to look back and see just how much so'

Love the nude! i'm thinking of taking up life drawing again, it's been on my mind for a few weeks now.
It's such a wonderful, creative and free-ing thing to do, i hope you get the chance to go again'
You are a very talented artist!!!
Here's to brighter days ahead, one day at a time'

Dean Grey said...

WannabeVirginia W.!

That's so nice of you to say!



I agree with you! Nudes, especially subtle ones, can be a very beautiful thing!



You're like my own personal cheerleader!

There's nothing else like life drawing and I hope you're able to take it up again too!


Thanks to the three of you for the kind feedback!


bK said...

I have only drawn nudes twice, and those were in class. I thought it would be awkward for all of us in the class, but everyone did quite well. Great drawing, Dean! I wish I could draw as well as you!

jason said...


Anonymous said...

Lovely work... I'm thinking with such a natural talent the classes are fun and quite nice to hone your skills, but there is no reason you're not capable of jumping into the thick of it and making a career with your given talents.

suzanneberry said...

Dean this is amazing! Do try and return, even in the midst of caring for your family, it might really help lift your spirits. Caring for others takes a lot out of us and you need some time for yourself if you can find it. Your work as always moves me. I'm actually working on your mail piece! Take good care and work!

Dean Grey said...


You need to post your work on your blog!






Well, I haven't been able to make a career out of my artistic abilities yet!



I can't wait to see my Mail Art from you!


I appreciate the wonderful comments from everyone!


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I'm going to be honest with you, as I love how you are to me... I am not a huge fan of, as I call them, 'crotch shots'. LOVE nudes, and you are really masterful in terms of defining the musculature and shadows, to I like that. But I like a little more indirect genitalia ;)

Carol Nelson said...

This is an awesome drawing, Dean. It might be a little "in you face" for some, but the figure looks so well done and ...

Dean Grey said...


Personally, I think by not having the face shown and the very relaxed nature of the body helps keep this sketch more subtle and "clean". It could be so much dirtier if you think about it!



See my response to Kelley up above. I understand where you're coming from though this wasn't meant to be in your face. That's just how the model was positioned at the time. Honest!


Thanks to both of you ladies for your honest feedback!


Dave said...

I love it-- it is perfect: very relaxed and honest.

amar said...

Dean, This is absolutely wonderful. I love the pose and the leg shadows as well. I wish this wasn't already sold.

Dean Grey said...


So glad you like it!



Yep, this sketch already sold! The early bird catches the worm!


I appreciate you two gentlemen chiming in here!


Bill said...

I don't remember having modeled for a class. Ha-ha. I wish I looked that good!

Dean Grey said...


I wish I looked that good too!


Unknown said...

Love the image, love the comments and your responses...and as a gay man, no - it is not too much in my face. Ha ha - hope that is not too vulgur.

Dean Grey said...


Funny how some people think it's too much and others not enough.