Tag Archives: 4 minute figure studies

Figure Drawing June 25, 2018

This model is one of the regulars but who I personally haven’t seen in awhile.

She doesn’t tend toward over-athletic poses but holds whatever pose she does take rather well. Tonight she had a little difficulty for I become sad (Bruno always checks with them) when we see a model begin to shake 10 minutes into a pose, as they come to realize the difficulty of what seemed to be so simple.

Four fifteen minute poses. Still experimenting with pastel highlights, using warm sepia or brown for the shadows. Conte crayon and/or pencil on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Two four minute gesture poses. Charcoal on brown tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing April 30, 2018

Back after spring break. And I, head deep in writing my thesis, happy for a-no-mind interlude. The featured image here reflects my continuing experimentation with colorful pastels – and this exciting dark brown-gray (umber) for the skin-tone shadows. Wow!

Of course, it also helps to have a good model, who takes interesting poses.

Two fifteen minute studies. Conté crayon and conté pencil on toned pastel paper. 32.7 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Four four minute gesture studies. Charcoal on brown tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing March 26, 2018

The model tonight, I think her name is Lisa, likes to wear glasses when she poses. She is a good model, also with an interesting shape: thin torso with thick legs and buttocks. There is always something stable, grounding and elephant-like in drawing such figures.

Tonight I had better luck with the four minute gesture poses. Below here are five. Charcoal on tinted brown paper. 35  x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

  

Figure Drawing – March 5, 2018

Haven’t seen this model come for awhile. She is younger than most, so that just means that potentially she  might take more energetic positions. Well, that wasn’t really the case tonight. Still, it turned out to be a productive evening.

Three fifteen minute poses, Conté crayon touched up with conté pencil on toned pastel drawing paper. 32.7 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

Four four minute gesture studies. Charcoal on brown tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 cm.

Figure Drawing February 26, 2018

Fantastic model tonight. How could we be so lucky to have two great male models (almost) in a row (see February 12th)? For the model tonight seemed to know intuitively what poses create true interest. Weight changes. Tension – and/or lack of it. Being comfortable in your own skin. Well, OK, I was also experimenting – with some success – with my new skin tone pastels. Maybe both factors coming together?

Below six (count ’em, six) fifteen minute figure studies. (that means that almost every one turned out interesting, since we usually do seven in total). Conté crayon with conté pencil on tinted pastel paper. 32.7 x 50 cm. or 13 x 19.75 in.

Three gesture drawings. Charcoal on tinted brown sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

 

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). 32.7 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.