The one area where I have learned to work a bit larger comfortably is at my summer session of figure drawing. This summer it seems like nearly every Monday evening featured thunder storms, some of them memorable, so I missed a couple for those, and last week I had a senior moment and drove the twenty or so miles to the session only to discover I had forgotten my drawing materials. Duh.
But the week the weather was fine, and I loaded the car early in the afternoon so there was no forgetting. Our model, Will, is very easy going a comfortable, and all went well.
I usually do ll the shorter poses on Canson "Biggie" sketchpads with charcoal. I like the short poses, which allow for variety, and lots of practice. Also models can hold more interesting poses for short periods of time, unlike the longer poses which need to be something a person can hold for 20 or more minutes.
The last poses of the evening are a little longer, 20-40 minutes. I don't especially want to work on this sort of sketch more than twenty minutes, just because by that time I am usually getting tired, and I am not interested in tremendously detailed drawings. There are a couple artists who campaign for the longer poses, so at the end of the evening I just leave early. This time I rather liked my pencil drawing of the model, though one hand never was resolved in the time allowed. Still - I enjoyed the session.