One of my goals for this year was to find a local group of artists to meet with regularly, preferably a group that hired live models to draw as a group. Thanks to Allison's superior Google search capabilities, we found an an artist group that meets at the Opera House in Howell, Michigan to draw live models. I've attended this group a few times now and really enjoy the opportunity to do life studies. It's also a really friendly group of people. People use a variety of drawing and painting media from color artist crayons to watercolor and acrylic ink as well as graphite and charcoal. For the moment I'm using charcoal drawings to improve my drawing ability and improve my use of tone to describe the form for oil painting. Some of my recent efforts from these life studies are shown here.