Back to the drawing board … with pastels!

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);


Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

3 thoughts on “Back to the drawing board … with pastels!”

  1. Thanks Jenness. The addition of color and more space to develop the drawing help add energy. Also, standing before and easel, I can make broader movements from my arm, shoulder and upper torso so the line of the drawing might have more flow than the more confined movements of fingers and wrist in pen and ink drawings. Anyway, glad you like them. More to come…


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