Tag Archives: figure study with pastel

Figure Drawing, October 15, 2018

The model tonight was a regular, but one I personally had not seen in awhile. In the interim a brunette became a blonde. She’s a good model, with lots of nice tattoos.

Anyway, a good night. I was reminded while drawing of footage I had seen recently of surfers attempting a 25 foot wave off the coast of Portugal. They insisted that the only way to attempt something so massive was to become one with the ocean: that when that sense of oneness slipped away, things tended to go wrong.

I would say that the same is true with figure drawing (only it’s much less dangerous). Feeling connected to the model, the chalk, the paper and what is happening on it, the music, the other people in the room: it’s all one experience which, most especially when I forget myself, tends to go well. So, for me, drawing is not about taking credit, rather its about getting the me out of the way and letting experience itself speak.

Here below five fifteen minute poses. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 in. Conté crayon touched up with conté pencil on tinted Canson pastel drawing paper.

Three four minute poses. 35 x 50 cm. or 13.75 x 19.75 in. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper.

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Figure Drawing, September 24, 2018

Our model tonight, Lisa. She is one of our regulars. Turns out, she works as a nurse and the days that she models for us are long days since she has to get up at 4:30 to get to work(!). We had a nice chat at the break as she puffed on her electronic cigarette. Here below a few fifteen minute poses and some four minute ones, too.

Fifteen minute poses.Conte crayon on tinted Canson pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm. or 13 x 19.75 in.

Four minute poses. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

 

Figure Drawing, August 27, 2018

Tonight a new model. I think it was her first time ever modeling. She was very good. Sometimes it seemed she realized – a little too late – the difficulty of something she had committed herself to, but stuck with it anyway. Bravo!

Below four fifteen minute drawings. Conté crayon and conté pencil on tinted pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19.75 inches.

Three four minute gesture studies. Black charcoal on tinted sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13.75 x 19.75 in.

 

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. 😉  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.

 

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, 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.