I originally signed up for a figure painting studio in Madison on Sunday mornings. I went about three times, but dropped out because the drive was longer than I wanted (and filled with construction detours), and I didn't like the single-pose format. Then I was happy to have the opportunity to join an established life drawing group in Whitewater on Monday evenings. This was better - a shorter drive, a congenial group, and a drawing format with multiple poses that I enjoyed.
The artists on Monday evening use a variety of media, and most are very detailed and realistic. I treat the evening as an exercise and don't slave over what I draw. We have had a variety of models, men and women, of various sizes and shapes. What they have in common is confidence, stamina, and godd will. I always leave feeling satisfied with the time spent, if not thrilled with my results. All work was done in a large ring bound sketchbook.
Tonight is the last one of the summer session, and I think I'll wait until next summer to return, just because I don't enjoy driving home in the dark.