Life Drawings / September 21 2022

I used two mechanical pencils for all of this week’s life drawings; one with soft 2B lead and one with a harder HB lead. All drawings were done in a sketchbook measuring 9″ x 12″. The timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twelve minute pose

Life Drawings / September 7 2022

This week I brought my mechanical pencil and ballpoint pen to the life drawing session. All of the drawings were done in a 9″ x 12″ sketchbook. The medium used and the timings of the drawings are indicated in the captions below each.

five minute mechanical pencil drawing
five minute mechanical pencil drawing
five minute ballpoint pen drawing
five minute mechanical pencil drawing
five minute mechanical pencil drawing
twenty-five minute mechanical pencil drawing
twenty-five minute mechanical pencil drawing
fifteen minute mechanical pencil drawing

Life Drawings / August 31 2022

It’s back to pastels for this week’s life drawing session. I always seem to feel more comfortable using pastels to capture a sense of form and volume in my figure drawings. Using color is also a great advantage over pen or pencil work. All drawings were done on 18″ x 24″ white paper. The timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose

Life Drawings / August 24 2022

Just to break routine, I decided to use mechanical pencil for this week’s drawing session. I’ve been using pastels in a larger format for several weeks and thought it would be good to change pace and go back to using a different medium. Not having to concern myself with color, I can concentrate on more accurate and somewhat more detailed drawing with a pencil. The 9″ x 12″ drawing size helps to concentrate on the figure and think more about proportion. When I’m using the larger 18″ x 24″ pastel sheets, it’s more like painting than drawing and I don’t always get the whole figure into the composition. As usual, the timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
fifteen minute pose

Life Drawings / August 17 2022

All drawings were made with pastels on 18″ x 24″ white paper. The timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
ten minute pose

Life Drawings / August 10 2022

I stayed with pastels again this week. As usual the drawings were done on 18″ x 24″ paper. I used semi hard pastels from a couple of different manufacturers as well as a few touches with Chunky Charcoals. The timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each drawing

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose

Life Drawings / August 3 2022

We had the ceiling fans on and tried to stay cool during the life drawing session this week. It was really hot and difficult to concentrate but we managed to accomplish our goal of capturing the poses of our model. I stayed with pastels again this week. As usual the drawings were done on 18″ x 24″ paper. The timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty minute pose
fifteen minute pose

Life Drawings / July 27 2022

I continued to use pastels for this week’s life drawing session. Pastels are still my favorite medium for life drawing allowing me to work quickly with dry materials and in bold colors. They provide a perfect compromise between drawing and painting. These studies were done on 18″ x 24″ white paper. The timings of the poses are in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty minute pose
twenty minute pose

Life Drawings / July 13 2022

I was back to using pastels this week for the life drawing session. That is still my favorite medium for figure drawing. My normal method of working, especially on the short poses, is to use the flat side of the pastel stick to lay in the overall shape or contour of the figure and position the gesture on the page. This is usually done in a lighter value. Then I add darker values for contour and line work to define the image. To bring the figure forward and add some interest, I try to put in a complimentary color for the background if time permits. These drawings were done on 18″ x 24″ white paper. The timings of the poses are in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
twenty minute pose

Life Drawings / July 6 2022

I continued to use a combination of mechanical pencil and ballpoint pen for this week’s life drawing session. The timings of the poses and the medium used are indicated in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose / mechanical pencil
five minute pose / mechanical pencil
five minute pose / ballpoint pen
five minute pose / ballpoint pen
five minute pose / mechanical pencil
twenty-five minute pose / mechanical pencil
twenty-five minute pose / mechanical pencil
twenty minute pose / mechanical pencil
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