Tag Archives: figure drawing on toned paper

Figure Drawing, August 28, 2017

One of my favorite models, Soeren. A very tall, very skinny chap, with large hands and feet. Sweet temperament and with a good feeling for what makes for an interesting pose. Actually, he works at out local supermarket so we see each other regularly with his clothes on. Nice.

Three drawings of 15 minute poses done on tinted pastel paper with conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

The drawings below are some 4 minute poses from the same evening. They happen to be conté  pencil on pastel paper (because I ran out of my usual cheap sketching paper). I’m always happy if a drawing can convey something energetic about the figure. Four minutes (or less) are good for that – but not much more: tonality gets tossed to the wind. 30.5 x 40.6 cm. or 12 x 16 in

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Figure Drawing, July 17, 2017

Ina, from Peru or Bolivia (I’m not sure which). She has modeled for us on a number of occasions – when she is in town – because she lives on a boat with her little family, traveling around the world. A very nice lady but not the most inspired model, so I’m glad when a few drawings from the evening make the cut. The highlighted study on the right is actually a good resemblance.

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

Below, a few of the four minute poses. Conté crayon on tinted sketch paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, May 22, 2017

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.

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, February 17, 2017

We visited San Clemente, California for three months this winter. During that time, I located a local art supply store (San Clemente Art Supply) that hosts figure drawing sessions twice a week. Twelve bucks, one room, one model, good lighting, free benches and drawing boards, 3 hours, no teacher. Just my cup of tea.

The model this day was  a good one in the sense that when she took a pose she held it. A thick stocky woman who you might not otherwise want to cross. Both of the drawings below were 20 minute poses. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper.30.5 x 40.5 cm or 12 x 16 in.

 

A succession of quick 2 minute poses. Chalk on toned drawing paper. 14 x 17 inches or 35.5 x 43.4 cm.