Went to my third life drawing class last wednesday, it's been very good. It's made me focus on being more gestural, and really see all the shapes the form is made up of, and getting them down, before the figure takes shape.
I want to show you the figures, but I'm pretty sure policy is quite strict here for nudes, even if they aren't detailed (we're only given 5-20mins per drawing), so here's a portrait from the last class. My tutor seemed to really like it. Secretly, the eyes are bugging me. You can tell I struggled with them the most, as the lines are far from gestural, because I worked on it the most. On the up side, I learned how to get the eyes right: draw a circle for the eyeball, then the curves for the eyelids, then a curved directional line for the center of the eye, and for good measure, a directional line for indication of where the eyes are looking. If anything, these classes are increasing my drawing speed!