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.
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.
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. 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 poses. Conté pencil on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.
A model whose ethnic characteristics are Indian. So she has almost bluish tints to the highlights of both her hair and skin. Nice, but it can be chromatically challenging if you take your visual impression literally.
One fifteen minute pose, spotlighted above. Conté pencil heightened with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
Three four minute gesture studies. Black charcoal on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.