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Figure Drawing July 30, 2018

Tonight we had Ina, originally from South America, so Spanish speaking. She is together with a Belgian man with whom they have two children. But the curious thing about her is that she, husband and two children took off from here about two years ago to live on a sailboat and sail around the world. Well, she’s back now. The sailing adventure did not go exactly as planned. ūüėČ ¬†But they are still free spiriting it around Europe living in a camper van and sailing a few months out of the year. So much for the story, here are a few drawings from the evening.

Four fifteen minute studies. Conté crayon and pencil on tinted pastel paper. 32.7 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in.

Two four minute gesture drawings. Charcoal on brown tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13.75 x 19.75.

 

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Figure Drawing July 23, 2018

Tonight we had Eva again. One of our more regular models. I find her challenging because her skin tones and hair tones both veer towards the cool range chromatically, and for me, drawing the figure is all about creating warmth on the paper.

Tonight (as last week) I experimented with using basic charcoal on the 15 minute poses to very lightly sketch in the figure on the paper first. ¬†The point for me experientially is the tactile experience of charcoal on paper. It conveys far more sensation, creating a sort of virtuous (tactile) circle. Once the circle is warm – and the figure has started to emerge – do I segue into the pastels:¬†cont√© pencils or crayons. Don’t get me wrong, they are tactile, too, just not as intense feeling-wise as plain ol’ charcoal.

Below four fifteen minute poses. Conte crayons and conté pencil on toned pastel paper. 32.7 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Below three four minute poses. Charcoal on brown tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

Figure Drawing July 9, 2018

Tonight we had Lisa as our model. She’s one of our regulars, distinctive by her glasses (which, for the most part, I did not include tonight). She also has a distinctive body: thin in her upper torso but large, thick buttocks and thighs.

Here below three fifteen minute studies. I’m still experimenting with pastel chalks for the highlighted skin tones. Cont√© pencil highlighted with cont√© crayon on pastel paper.¬†32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Two four minute studies. Charcoal on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.

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 Рand 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 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). Cont√© crayon with cont√© 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, August 1, 2016

A good model tonight. She took interesting poses that translated into a few good drawings.

Two fifteen minute studies, one above and one here below. Conté pencil highlighted with conté crayon pastel sticks on pastel paper. 332.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

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

Figure Drawing, April 25, 2016

Ina, from South America. Not one of my favorite models, simply because her posing is not very creative. So I’m always glad if ¬†a few drawings make the cut. Actually, the highlighted one included here is a pretty good likeness of her.¬†Cont√© pencil highlighted with cont√© crayon on toned pastel paper.¬†32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.

Three four minute poses. Conté pencil on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.