Tag Archives: figure drawing

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, July, 3, 2017

Soeren, one of my favorite models. A tall, lanky guy whose body can never fully fill the page no matter how big the paper may be. The foreshortening in the reclining pose, below left, was particularly challenging so I’m especially happy with the way the final white highlights helped to define his splayed out body.

These three sepia toned drawings (plus one gray) are 15 minute studies. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

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

 

Figure Drawing, June 5, 2017

The model tonight was a young girl who (obviously) does a lot of yoga. These kinds of models are quite supple and with a good feeling for interesting poses. Embodied awareness. I’m especially happy with the highlights of the featured image here. I used light yellow, light peach and sepia pastels to contrast with the dark brown of the conté crayon

Below are some 15 minute poses on tinted paper with conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon on toned paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

The four minute poses tonight went quickly and well. It’s always delightful to have a good model. 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, 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, August 3, 2015

A good model tonight – and a few drawings to show for it.

The spotlighted study is one fifteen minute pose. Conté pencil heightened with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Here below are two four minute gesture studies. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.