Tag Archives: figure drawing on toned 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.

Figure Drawing, September 26, 2016

One of our regular models, the one who likes to wear her glasses while posing.

Tonight I experimented with doing one of the 15 minute poses on sketching paper instead of pastel paper. The tactile feel was different, and also the way the paper received the strokes of the chalk. Less receptive. But OK, the drawing turned out alright – but I wouldn’t do it again. Too much of a struggle. I prefer the other 15 minute study on the darker toned pastel paper but wanted to highlight the sketch paper one just to illustrate the difference. So two fifteen minute studies, one above and one below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

A few of the four minute poses. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, September 12, 2016

Some evenings are pure magic. This was one. What are the ingredients that made it so? I’m not entirely sure but I can say that a good model does make all the difference. The model tonight was a man I had never seen before (or since) but he was so good. How so? His poses were not particularly athletic yet he seemed to emanate a quiet self-acceptance, sitting, standing, crouching. He posed naked for the four minute poses but clothed for the longer fifteen minute ones. Due to the fact that he had clothes on, it gave me more colors and textures to work with. For lack of a real name I call him Tintin because he reminds me of that character from the Belgian comics.

Here below are three fifteen minute poses. Conté pencil highlighted by conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

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Here are a few four minute poses. 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.

Figure Drawing, February 8, 2016

The model with ponytails. A fruitful session.

Five fifteen minute poses, one above and four below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

Three four minute gesture studies. Conté crayon on sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

Figure Drawing, October 26, 2015

A good session with a few keepers. The model posed both clothed and naked. I enjoyed using a sienna colored pencil to seek out the form on this warm gray toned paper. It creates a very low complimentary color vibration.

Three fifteen minute poses. One above, two below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

One four minute gesture study. Conté pencil on Cansons pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

Figure Drawing, October 5, 2015

A great model tonight. Short, muscular, self-contained. Reminded me of our friend, Gordon. My favorite spotlighted here. Saying much with an economy of means, allowing the figure emerge from the paper.

Here below, four fifteen minute poses. Note the difference between using sienna and/or a darker brown conte pencil to define the figure. The darker line creates more contrast and definition. But is that what I want? Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

 

A few four minute poses. Conté pencil on Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.