The medium for life drawing this week is the ballpoint pen. I have been using this tool fairly regularly over the last couple of months and I enjoy the immediacy and flexibility of it for drawing the figure.
Our group has had a change in the way we can use our drawing venue. We can no longer store our easels at the location. I’m used to standing in front of the easel when using pastels. I may continue using ballpoint pen and pencil for a while until I can figure out a way to use pastels with no easel.
If you have followed my blog, you probably have noticed one of the techniques I have used with ballpoint pen (and sometimes pencil as well). That is, to create a partial background of “hatching” (close overlapping lines) to darken the edge around the figure. This helps bring the figure forward and adds texture in the drawing. I usually use this method when drawing the longer poses since I have more time to accomplish the task.