Life Drawings / July 24

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.

Short poses (5 minutes each)
5 minute pose – ballpoint pen
5 minute pose – ballpoint pen
5 minute pose – ballpoint pen
5 minute pose – ballpoint pen
Longer poses (and one short one)
25 minute pose – ballpoint pen – hatching in the background
25 minute pose – ballpoint pen – actually drew this in 20 minutes
the same pose as above from a different angle – 5 minute drawing – ballpoint pen
20 minute pose – ballpoint pen

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 “Life Drawings / July 24”

    1. Thank you Laureen. Very kind of you to say so. I think I usually get the best results with the shorter poses, whether with pastels, pencil or pen. The pressure of getting the essence of the gesture down quickly helps to energize the drawings. This also keeps them loose. Glad you liked them. Thanks for writing.

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