Life Drawings / April 10

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.

Short poses

Click on the small images below to see at full size

Longer poses
Twenty-five minute pose with ballpoint pen
Twenty-five minute pose with mechanical pencil-notice the greater variety of gray tones
Twenty-five minute pose with mechanical 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.

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