I decided to use ballpoint pen for this week’s life drawings. I’m using a slightly textured paper which helps to pick up the ink. It allows me to press very lightly and still transfer a fine line to the paper especially when I’m starting the drawing. The advantage of using lighter lines at the beginning is that I can move freely and get the general shapes and proportion of the figure without getting too “fussy”. Those early light lines become less important as the drawing evolves with heavier line work but they provide a roadmap of the “process” of drawing to the viewer. Even if I use pencil in a life drawing, I won’t erase those earlier lighter lines even though I can. It would take away from that sense of motion and energy that are part of the drawing process. As I work the drawing in, I put more pressure down and make heavier, darker lines. On the longer poses, it’s interesting to work in a darker partial background with “hatching” (close parallel or crossing lines) to help bring the figure “forward” (to make it stand out).