Life Drawings from October 10

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).

Five minute poses

Five minute poses – ballpoint pen
Five minute poses – ballpoint pen

Longer poses

Twenty minute pose – ballpoint pen
Twenty minute pose – ballpoint pen
Fifteen minute pose – ballpoint pen

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.

2 thoughts on “Life Drawings from October 10”

    1. Thanks for commenting. On the short poses it’s difficult to really define detailed areas like feet and hands so I try to at least get the positioning right. I guess even with lighter lines the position still holds, giving the figure a grounded appearance. Please feel free to comment at any time. Thanks for following the blog.

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