Tag Archives: 4 minute figure studies

Figure Drawing, September 4, 2017

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). 30.5 x 40.6 cm. or 12 x 16 in.

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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.