Life Drawings / August 14

Lately I have been using ballpoint pens and mechanical pencils for life drawing. I’ve wanted to go lightly since we are no longer able to store our easels at the weekly drawing location. This week I decided to use my iPad with Procreate app and the Apple pencil. I’ve been using this combination mostly for doing abstract compositions (I will be posting three new ones very soon!). It’s been a while since I used the iPad for figure drawing, so to keep things interesting and challenging, I brought it along to this week’s session.

As usual, having time constraints made drawing a bit more difficult than if I were working at home from photos taking as much time as I need. Because you have to switch digital drawing tools and make adjustments to them on the fly, it can get a bit frantic trying to get a decent gesture drawing done in five minutes. On the longer poses of 20 – 25 minutes, it’s somewhat easier but still feels cumbersome as compared with just picking up a ballpoint pen and going at it. All of that aside, there is a different look to the drawings done on the iPad and I’m able to use color which I normally would do with pastels. So here are this week’s drawings with their timings.

five minute gesture drawing – iPad, Procreate app and Apple pencil
five minute gesture drawing – iPad, Procreate app and Apple pencil
five minute gesture drawing – iPad, Procreate app and Apple pencil
five minute gesture drawing – iPad, Procreate app and Apple pencil
with this drawing, I did the figure first and then added a flat color background on a separate layer
twenty-five minute drawing – iPad, Procreate app and Apple pencil
twenty-five minute drawing – iPad, Procreate app and Apple pencil
twenty minute drawing – iPad, Procreate app 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 “Life Drawings / August 14”

    1. It probably seems that way especially in contrast with the ballpoint pen drawings. One of the “brushes” I used is almost like a spay paint and the colors overlap very softly. There’s also much less line work so the effect is less angular.

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