For the last several weeks I have been using pen and ink with watercolor in the life drawing sessions. I have enjoyed practicing drawing the full figure smaller on 9″ x 12″ paper trying to work on proportion and gesture. But I felt the need to get back to using larger format paper (c. 18″ x 24″) and drawing more freely with bolder color using pastels. This is my favorite medium for life drawing. I used several different papers (as can be seen by the various textures) with quite different results. The first 4 short poses were done on plain smooth white paper just going for gesture and immediate response to the pose. The 3 longer poses (on textured papers) were done in about 25 to 30 minutes each.
Short poses (5 minutes each);
Longer (25 to 30 minutes each);