As with last week’s life drawing session, I continued to use ballpoint pen this week as well. It provides a bold image while still allowing for some variety of tone when used with a lighter pressure. As usual, we started out with some short poses of five minutes each enabling us to warm up for the longer poses that followed. The ballpoint pen worked well for the short poses and I continued to use it for the first of the longer ones as well. But on the remaining two long poses I wanted to try for a bit more subtlety so I switched to a mechanical pencil. Even though the ballpoint pen offers some variation in tone, using graphite gives far subtler possibilities. The levels of gray and the ability to smear (create soft gray areas) or erase the graphite (to bring back white highlights) gives an extra control for the finishing of the drawing.
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