Life Drawings from January 16

All of my recent practice drawing from photos with the iPad has paid off. I finally was able to bring the iPad to life drawing today and could use it in the live session. The time constraints made it tricky to feel comfortable and using it while my colleagues were using traditional media felt a bit strange but it all worked out. When I’ve used it on my own without time limitations, I could experiment and explore the Procreate tools and interface. In the live session I felt a bit nervous, constrained and self-conscious. But for the first live effort with the iPad, I felt pretty good about the overall results.

All of the drawings started out with the “Willow Charcoal” brush creating a loose overall shape of the pose. Then the “6B Pencil” brush was used for line work. Finally a combination of both tools were used to add additional color and tone until complete.


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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 “Life Drawings from January 16”

  1. It looks like you flowed right into life drawing with Procreate, despite being self-conscious. I think all that practice was useful since it looks like you’ve been doing this for ages. And had I not known that you were using digital tools, I might have said “nice pastels!” Which brings me to something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Is the goal with Procreate to make it look like you were using paper and charcoal, or to have it look like something new? I know for me the answer seems to be the former, but what about you?


    1. Thanks Shari. I think the whole process just really intrigues me. I have tried to approach it using the same techniques, as a new tool for drawing. I think it is basically an extension of existing work. But it also gives me a chance to play around with so much else. The abstractions and some other things I’m thinking about might not occur without the freedom to explore that this new tool provides. I hope to be able to use it for urban sketching as well eventually. It can make sketching while traveling much more immediate. We’ll see…Thanks so much for your feedback!


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