Digital Life Drawings from January 30

In spite of snow falling early in the day, we were able to meet in the afternoon for our regular Wednesday life drawing session. I’ve only had one previous occasion to use the iPad for a “live” drawing session so it was good to have a second opportunity on Wednesday. One of the benefits of using the tablet and stylus is that you can travel very lightly. I did take a sketchbook and pens and pencils along “just in case” but didn’t use them.

We started with our usual four poses of five minutes each and then on to three longer poses. I’m feeling a bit more comfortable using the iPad for drawing but again, with time constraints, I still felt a bit rushed even on the longer poses. (I must admit that I often feel that way with traditional drawing materials as well!) That is part of the practice of timed live sessions; you must work quickly trying to capture the essence of the pose in whatever medium you’re using.

As before, all of the drawings started out as rough approximate shapes of the pose using the “willow charcoal” brush in Procreate app. Then the drawings evolve with additional color and the use of the “6B Pencil” brush for line work and some hatching. In the first longer pose I also experimented with the “blender” tool for the background.

Short poses

(click on the individual images above to see a larger version)

Longer poses

20 minute drawing in Procreate with iPad and Apple pencil
20 minute drawing in Procreate with iPad and Apple pencil

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 “Digital Life Drawings from January 30”

    1. Thank you for following! As you can see, I’m having a good time discovering the delights of digital drawing. I hope to continue with digital as well as conventional drawing. Great to hear from you.


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