Tag Archives: 4 minute figure studies

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.

Figure Drawing, October 10, 2016

Three 15 minute poses. with a clothed model – for a change. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

Two 4 minute poses.35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, October 3, 2016

When the model has some background in yoga, the poses taken can be quite interesting – and challenging to both parties!

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

Two poses of four minutes. Conté crayon on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, September 19, 2016

A relatively quiet evening. I think the four minute studies were more interesting from tonight. A light, vibrating, febrile touch reinforced by heavy strokes once the shape began to form on the paper. Conté pencil on sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

One fifteen minute study. Conté pencil highlighted by conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

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

Figure Drawing, September 5, 2016

I’ve decided to highlight one of the four minute poses for a change. Tonight I experimented with using conté pencil on pastel paper for the quick poses instead of cheap sketching paper. It creates more drag on the crayon, which for a quick sketch translated into a heavier more intentional line. So here, one four minute pose. Conté crayon on pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Two fifteen minute poses below. Conté crayon with pastel chalk on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, August 15, 2016

One of my all-time favorite models, Luc. He is a dancer, so he easily takes on interesting poses containing a sense of gesture. Also, he sometimes wears his white, flowing, dancing pants, which allow for other interesting lines and contrasts. Five fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

And a few four minute poses – also well worth spotlighting but I only have one shot.35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, August 8, 2016

One of the regular models, Ina from South America. Maybe Brazil? She is very friendly but not that creative in terms of her poses so I’m always glad if something can emerge from a session with her. In this case, the portraits capture a fairly good likeness. I decided to spotlighted one here simply because it is an interesting study using a cool blue conté crayon for the shadows and dark accents, which I don’t usually do. Three fifteen minute studies. 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 poses. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.