After a long (way too long) hiatus, I was finally able to return to figure drawing this week. What a delightful surprise to find that the model was one of my favorites(!). I distinctly remember when he posed for us last (about two years ago). That evening, almost every drawing turned out well, partly because he is/was such a good model: comfortable in his own skin and sensitive to what makes for an interesting pose. In the past (not knowing his name) I had called him Tintin, but as I learned this week his real name in Frederick. Thanks, Frederick!
In addition, during this interim I was able to pick up some additional skin tone pastel pencils and conté crayons which allow for subtle additions of warm accents. Yum!
These two toned drawings are 15 minute studies. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon onpastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in
A new-to-me model last night. Young, lithe and somewhat ambitious at least in her 4 minute posing.
Three 15 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.
Here below are some 4 minutes studies from last night’s session. charcoal or conté crayon on pastel paper (because I ran out of sketching paper). 32.7 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
Two fifteen minute poses ended up being keepers from this evening. I like how there is a different chromatic feel reflected in the choice of different papers and the subsequent development of the image.
Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
And a four minute one as well. 30.5 x 40.6 cm. or 12 x 16 in
Soeren, one of my favorite models. A tall, lanky guy whose body can never fully fill the page no matter how big the paper may be. The foreshortening in the reclining pose, below left, was particularly challenging so I’m especially happy with the way the final white highlights helped to define his splayed out body.
These three sepia toned drawings (plus one gray) are 15 minute studies. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
Two of the four minute poses below. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.
I find there is something disconcerting about a nude model, who decides to retain their glasses. When drawing, include them or not? If so, the hard lines and hard reflections from the glasses create an element where previously there were only organically flowing shapes. But still, I think the most successful drawing of the evening was the featured one here where the bright white of the glasses’ reflection forms the strongest highlight.
Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
Here below two of the four minute quick poses. Conté crayon on sketch paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.
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.
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.