On being one with charcoal

Life drawing round robin [michalogy]
Life drawing round robin [michalogy]

“So… is there actually a fully naked person there?! And you just draw them?” my friend asked incredulously.

As confronting as it sounds, that is essentially what happens in a life drawing class. For two hours, it’s just you and the model, your charcoal dancing on paper, capturing everything you see. Every little detail is noticed and is translated into a line, a smudge, a hatching on parchment.

The roll of fat sitting just above the crotch. The wrinkle of skin underneath the armpit. The way the hair cascades down the shoulders. The nonchalant expression on the face.


After a while, you stop caring that there’s a naked person in front of you. You start thinking about body parts as shapes: a configuration of forms stacked on top of and next to each other, creating a cohesive image on paper.

You realise that while bodies come in all different sizes and shapes, the basics are mostly the same: arms, legs, torso. Fingers and toes. Hair in the usual places.

Colour life drawing [michalogy]

These drawings were done at the University of Melbourne’s life drawing sessions, held every fortnight and free for UoM students.

Have you tried life drawing before?

Blue jean classic

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

A crisp white shirt with blue jeans is a classic look that never goes out of style (cue Taylor Swift’s song).

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

I wore this outfit while getting my hair balayaged at Seri Hairdressers at Melbourne Central, upon my friend Maria’s recommendation.  I was lucky enough to have the manager Aaron as my hairdresser that day, and am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Aaron listened to me and took the time to explain how the dying process worked and recommended colours that would suit my natural hair, which was an improvement to my last visit to the hairdressers (a different one). I highly recommend Aaron and the rest of the team at Seri!

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY


The lace eyelet pattern and the cropped tie adds a fun twist to the white shirt. I decided to match with white sandals which showed off my red polish pedicure at the time.

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

The black bomber jacket is actually a men’s extra small which was found in a op shop several months ago. The store assistant told us that all the other store workers wanted the jacket for themselves but it was too small. I guess being petite has its perks sometimes.

The red plaid lining inside adds a sneaky pop of brightness to the attire.

Blue Jean Classic | MICHALOGY

Jeans – Saba
White shirt – Studio Girl in South Yarra
Jacket – Jack London (thrifted)
Sandals – Topshop
Clutch – Louis Vuitton dupe
Earrings – Diana Ferrari