As part of my drawing confrontation, I've joined a small group of artists who draw from a model once a month.
This is really challenging, even with a model who knows how to sit perfectly still (unlike my husband, who got dragooned into service a couple of times for my class assignments). In a 20-minute pose you have to choose what to focus on and what to simply hint at with a few strokes. I look around the room and see what others are doing, and wonder whether I should try working in pastels or colored pencils or charcoal, whether I should clip my paper vertically on an easel instead of working on a table. I struggle with getting the proportions right, the hardest part for me.
We're adjourned for the summer now so I won't be doing much figure drawing for a while. When we return I think my strategy will be to focus on very small parts of the model instead of her whole body. I hope that within the limited time period I can do a good job on a small detail rather than a discouraging job on the whole pose.