Category Archives: Figure Studies

In 2011 I was lucky enough to find a regular figure drawing studio session here in Bruges. Bruno cracks up the jazz and off we go with short or long poses. The four minute poses are great for capturing the gesture quickly and decisively; I usually use cheap tinted sketch paper with a stick of charcoal. The fifteen minute poses allow for more refinement; I usually use toned charcoal or pastel paper, with conté crayon and/or pastel chalks.

Figure Drawing, July 8, 2019

Our model tonight was one of our regulars, Soren. He’s really long and lanky which at times can be challenging just fitting all his body parts onto one page. Often I don’t try. Tonight, at least in the fifteen poses, ones he took ones that were more compressed – but not too compressed – making it possible to see where the gesture lies.

Below four fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil and crayon on Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

And four four minute gesture poses. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

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Figure Drawing, July 1, 2019

The same model tonight as the one we had a few weeks ago: the one with the props. Fun! So she pulled out her black wings, black stockings and black hat with black veil. She is a heavy weight figure. There is something deeply satisfying about feeling the weight of such bodies; drawing rotating circles for the major bodily forms (harder to do with skinny, active models), allowing them to slowly emerge from the paper. Eight drawings below.

Four fifteen minutes poses. Conté pencil and crayon on Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

Four four minute poses. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

Figure Drawing, June 17, 2019

Our model tonight was an old favorite, Melissa: the lady who disrobes but retains her glasses. She has an interesting hourglass shape, thin above, thick below. I tried a few drawings on gray paper with sepia chalk but they weren’t taking off. Then, when I switched to sepia paper with burnt umber chalk, they did. Sometimes you just have to switch it up. The featured image here above works, I think, because there is both form and light: there are highlights (and super high lights), mid-tones and shadows.

Below three fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil and crayon on Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

Two four minute studies. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

Figure Drawing, June 10, 2019

Tonight we had Soeren (sp?). He is a tall lanky fellow, really good at taking interesting poses. The difficulty in drawing him is that he is so long and lean that I usually run out of paper before I have packed all of his body onto the page. But that wasn’t really the case tonight, especially for the four minute gesture poses, because he tended to fold up into himself in various ways. These too, presented their own kind of challenge, as it was difficult to discover what body parts were doing what. Anyway, here is selection of drawings from the evening.

Two fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil and crayon on Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

Three four minute poses. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

Figure Drawing June 03, 2019

The model tonight was a heavy set lady with lots of props. She came with a WWI gas mask (!), a black hat sporting a thin black veil, a pair of black wings, a pair of black, thigh length hose and some black, elbow length gloves. OK, we think, this will be fun. Thus whatever the poses may lacked for in terms of bodily inventiveness was made up for with her use of props. An interesting evening containing lots of laughter.

Here below two fifteen minute poses.Conté pencil and crayon on Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

Four four minute poses. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

Figure Drawing, April 21, 2019

One of our regulars tonight, Luc. He is a dancer, so he’s also a very good model. Lithe, interesting movement. I chose to spotlight the twisting-reclining pose above because it was a challenging one and also because I think it’s a good example of how to say much with little.

Below two fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil and crayon on Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

Three four minute ones. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

 

Figure Drawing April 8, 2019

Tonight, one of our regulars, Lisa, the lady with glasses.

A few turned out well tonight, or shall I say, more keepers than last week. One more week of jet-lag under may belt. My feet were less numb, my body, in general, more responsive. Below, three fifteen minute and four four minute poses.

Of the three fifteen minute poses, the spotlighted one is my favorite. This one is interesting (I think) because it includes five different colors: charcoal black for laying in the figure, pastel yellow and pink for the highlights, sienna to accent the warm bodily midtones, and umber for the shadows. Not bad for fifteen minutes. If I had had a few more, I would have added in some white highlights. Can’t do everything.

Conté pencil and crayon on tinted pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

Four four minute poses. Charcoal on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13.75 x 19.75 in.