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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 February 12, 2018

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

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. 32.7 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

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.