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.