Well I have found out that the life drawing classes start at the start of September. Unfortunately I am going on holiday to Orlando, Florida then! I hope I can start a couple of weeks late!
In the mean time I have been having a go at drawing hands. I want to concentrate on one body part at a time, and so have picked the hardest one of all (at least in my opinion) to start with. The first is an attempt at my own hand. After my less than happy experience with a charcoal pencil, I decided to try simple sticks of charcloal in the hope that they might be more pleasing. And they were. They seemed to be much smoother than the pencil and infinitely more useful.
I have to admit I didn't really think enough about the golden principle of construction, and so I have had a bit of a problem with keeping things in proportion. This was particularly apparent in the second two drawings, which are of my girlfriend's hand. The first is really quite hideous. The second turned out much better, but without having constructed it properly it still is not right. My next attempts will be properly built.