Tag Archives: 15 minute figure study

Figure Drawing, May 17, 2017

There are those rare occasions when a figure drawing session yields a number of drawings that deserve the spotlight. This evening there were three 15 minute poses that turned out rather well. I think the difference is that Bruno (our host) instructed the model (or maybe the model suggested it?) to bring a costume and pose with it, or even to pose semi dressed, in addition to fully undressed. Somehow I always find a partially dressed model more exciting/evocative. Chromatically, too, the situation offers more hues to introduce into the drawing – or not. Because with art it isn’t what you say that makes the difference – it’s what you don’t say.

Three fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

A few of the four minute poses. Pastel chalk on toned drawing paper.

 

Figure Drawing, May 8, 2017

An unusually fecund evening. I think the model reminded me of an old long lost lover.

Five 15 minute poses, one above and four below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on tinted pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

Five four minute studies. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

  

 

Figure Drawing, May 1, 2017

One of the more frequent models, Soeren. A very tall, lanky fellow with big hands and feet. It is often difficult to get all of his splayed out body on one piece of paper.  I like the highlighted one because of the accent of a warm conté crayon for the face and feet.

Three fifteen minute poses, one above and two below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on tinted pastel paper.  32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

Figure Drawing, April 24, 2017

So glad to be back in Belgium and to return to Bruno’s atelier for figure drawing! I usually highlight one of the 15 minute poses however this evening, the 4 minutes poses were more evocative.

Here below is the one 15 minute pose from the evening. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on tinted pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Here are three of the four minute poses. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, December 19, 2016

Last session of the year before the holidays. The model with glasses. Sometimes I include them in my drawings sometimes I don’t.

Below  a few of the 15 minute poses. I experimented with blue on the shadows tonight but I find the most successful one (highlighted here) used warm tones for the quarter tones with black or white conté pencil for the contrasted accents. Conté pencil with conté crayon on tinted pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Below are a few 4 minute studies. Conte crayon on sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

 

Figure Drawing, December 12, 2016

This evening yielded some interesting experiments. I’ve been playing with colored pastels for the highlights for awhile but what about using blue for the shadows  – and on sepia toned paper? Then tightening it all up with white and black conté pencils for the extremes.

Three 15 minute studies, one above and two below. Coté pencil with conté crayon on tinted pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

Here below a few 4 minute sketches. Conté crayon on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, November 28, 2016

Luc, one of my favorite models. He’s a dancer so he’s very good a finding interesting poses.

Here are two 15 minute poses, one above and one below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on tinted pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

And a few 4 minute poses. Conté crayon on sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, November 21, 2016

I’ve started playing with using a dark sienna conté crayon to block in areas of shadow on the toned pastel paper. The highlighted one here is on soft gray paper. I like it because it is good example of the less-is-more principle.  However, I’ve also found that warm dark shadows also work on the sienna toned paper. Then, the hue contrast between figure and ground is less strong, allowing the figure to gently emerge from the paper.

Here are two fifteen minute studies, one above and one below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper.32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

A few four minute studies.35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, November, 14, 2016

There are some evenings that just become magical. And I couldn’t have predicted it, either. The model was a brown skinned woman of Indian extraction. She was challenging to draw because highlights on her skin were almost blue – and her hair was jet black. But electricity began to jump the moment she put on her blue robe. Obviously, the effect wouldn’t have been the same on white paper. BTW: the quick poses were also quite successful, I think because she had a good feel for interesting movement.

Three 15 minute poses, one above and two below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel drawing paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

4 minute poses. Conté crayon on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, November 7, 2016

Two poses of 15 minutes, one above and one below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

And three 4 minute poses. Conté crayon on sketch paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.