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.
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.
The model tonight, I think her name is Lisa, likes to wear glasses when she poses. She is a good model, also with an interesting shape: thin torso with thick legs and buttocks. There is always something stable, grounding and elephant-like in drawing such figures.
Tonight I had better luck with the four minute gesture poses. Below here are five. Charcoal on tinted brown paper. 35 x 50 cm or 13.75 x 19.75 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.
Second drawing session in San Clemente, California. Though there was no instructor, there was a supervisor who managed the session. He liked to play music, which I always find helpful for expansion. Interestingly though, here in California he liked to play French chanson, while in Belgium where I usually draw, Bruno usually likes to play American country-western jazz. In both cases, the music supports a subtle embrace of otherness – yet in both cases, a different otherness. Nice, you wouldn’t notice it – unless you noticed it.
I found the benches in the SC Art Supply a little hard. So it was a challenging and not a hugely successful session. But here are a few from the afternoon that made the grade. Conté pencil on tinted pastel paper highlighted with conté crayon. 30.5 x 40.5 cm or 12 x 16 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.
Tonight felt like a bit of a breakthrough for me. I’ve just started using the sienna toned paper. But which color to use to draw the figure? And then what pastels to use for the highlights? It needs to become intuitive – as it did in this spotlighted one.
Three fifteen minute studies. One above and two below. Conte pencil tightened with conté crayon on toned pastel paper. 32.5 x 50 cm or 13 x 19 3/4 in.
Three four minute studies. Charcoal on toned sketching paper. 35 x 50 cm. or 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.