Life Drawings / May 25 2022

This week I returned to my favorite medium for life drawing; pastels. While I enjoyed the variety and change of pace that Art Set app and the iPad provided over the last several weeks, I was also a bit frustrated with the digital medium. The immediacy of life drawing, especially the shorter poses calls for a very direct approach. I find that using “real” pastels allows me to capture the subject more quickly and with greater energy. 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
twenty minute pose

Life Drawings April 27 2022

I continued to use Art Set app for iPad this week for my life drawing session. One of the options in this app is to customize the workspace. On any of the four sides of the screen, a palette can be placed and customized with various colors or a combination of tools or “brushes”. I’ve been experimenting with a variety of configurations and used this one for this week’s drawings.

Modifying tools are on the left – top circle adjusts size of brush, lower circle adjusts transparency – drawing tools or “brushes are on the bottom – the right palette holds a selection of pre-selected colors.
If I want an additional selection of colors, I can tap on the color circle on the bottom palette and it will bring up the color wheel from which I can choose an infinite number of colors. The chosen color become the active color as is shown with the light blue appearing in all of the brushes and on the color wheel.

The problem with this configuration is that I’m right-handed and as I’m drawing I inadvertently might select an unwanted color from the right palette just by touching it. This makes for a clumsy delay while drawing, especially in the short poses.

I’ve reconfigured the arrangement of tools and colors so that there is no palette on the right at all. I’ll use this next week and see if it helps.

new workspace arrangement with no palette on the right

This week’s drawings are below with timings of the poses in the captions.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose (I must admit that I made some additional modifications when I got home to try to improve this drawing, something I don’t usually do)
five minute pose
twenty minute pose
thirty minute pose
fifteen minute pose

Life Drawings / April 20 2022

I continued with digital drawing this week using the Art Set app for iPad. I’m still struggling a bit getting used to selecting and using tools in the app. Although I was able to customize the workspace to show only the colors and tools needed for life drawing, it still takes time to learn the “geography” of where things are and how they work. This becomes an issue while working with the time constraints of short five minute poses. There just isn’t enough time to feel comfortable with the interface and the immediacy of drawing. It’s easier on the longer poses because I can take more time to concentrate on the drawing itself. I do like the way Art Set simulates real drawing materials and hope to achieve more control as I continue to use it. 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
thirty minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
ten minute pose

Life Drawings / April 13 2022

Looking for something to keep my life drawing fresh and engrossing, I searched for and stumbled on a new iPad app. Actually, I had purchased this app a long time ago and had never gotten into it. After many months of non-use I opened it up to find that it had been expanded and updated. With a little experimentation, I discovered that it might work well for life drawing.

The app is called Art Set and it is quite amazing. The concept behind it is to provide tools (brushes) that mimic real art materials. There are tools that perform like pencils, markers, pens, chalks, watercolors, oil paints and more. Oil paints look like 3D oil textures, watercolor has transparency and flow, and chalks look and handle like the real thing. In addition to the drawing/painting tools, Art Set provides a multitude of virtual surfaces to work on; multi-colored papers and canvas. Since my favorite technique for life drawing is using pastels, I tried Art Set’s tools for that medium and was able to apply my usual method of working but doing it in the digital realm. I hope to do more with this very capable app.

This “slide show” illustrates my normal method of life drawing but, in this case, with the iPad instead of using real chalks.

Our drawing session included the usual series of 5 minute poses followed by longer poses. The model and all of the artists were wearing masks due to the pandemic. The drawings below were done in Art Set 4 for iPad. Timings of the drawings are listed below each in the captions.

five minute pose – digital drawing made in Art Set 4 for iPad
five minute pose – digital drawing made in Art Set 4 for iPad
five minute pose – digital drawing made in Art Set 4 for iPad
five minute pose – digital drawing made in Art Set 4 for iPad
five minute pose – digital drawing made in Art Set 4 for iPad
thirty minute pose – digital drawing made in Art Set 4 for iPad
thirty minute pose – digital drawing made in Art Set 4 for iPad

Life Drawings / April 6 2022

All drawings we done with Nupastels on 18″ x 24″ paper. The timings of the poses are in the captions below each.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
thirty minute pose
twenty minute pose
fifteen minute pose

Life Drawings / March 23 2022

I have enjoyed using a ballpoint pen for the last few weeks and feel that it helped my drawing but I really missed working with color. This week I’m back to drawing with my trusty pastels for the life drawing session. Our model continues to wear a mask as are all of the artists in the group due to the pandemic. All of the drawings were done on 18″ x 24″ paper using a combination of NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals. The approximate timings are listed in the captions below each.

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

Life Drawings / Feb. 23 2022

I tried to vary my drawing tools and brought some Conté crayons to this week’s session. I did the first two five-minute poses with them but was not happy with the results so I went back to using the ballpoint pen for the remaining poses. They were all drawn in an 11″ x 14″ sketchbook. The model was wearing a mask due to the pandemic. The timings of the poses are in the captions below each drawing.

five minute pose / Conté crayons with touches of pencil and ballpoint pen
five minute pose / Conté crayons
five minute pose /ballpoint pen
five minute pose /ballpoint pen
twenty-five minute pose / ballpoint pen
twenty minute pose /ballpoint pen
ten minute pose /ballpoint pen

Life Drawings / Dec. 15 2021

All of the drawings this week were done with NuPastels and Richeson semi hard pastels on 18″ x 24″ paper. Chunky Charcoals from Cretacolor were used in some of the drawings as well. Our session started with five minute gesture poses followed by longer poses. The model was wearing a mask due to the pandemic.

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

Life Drawings / Dec. 8 2021

All of the drawings this week were done with NuPastels and Richeson semi hard pastels on 18″ x 24″ paper. Chunky Charcoals from Cretacolor were used in some of the drawings as well. Our session started with five minute gesture poses followed by longer poses. The model was wearing a mask due to the pandemic.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty-five minute pose
thirty minute pose
ten minute pose / The model came in wearing this red top hat along with her mask. I ignored the hat in other poses but couldn’t resist incorporating it in this last short pose.

Life Drawings / Dec. 1 2021

All of the life drawings this week were done with a combination of NuPastels and Richeson Semi hard pastels on 18″ x 24″ paper. Chunky Charcoals from Cretacolor were used in some of the drawings as well. Our session started with five minute poses mainly for gesture followed by longer poses. The model and all of the artists were wearing masks due to the pandemic.

five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
five minute pose
twenty minute pose
thirty minute pose
fifteen minute pose
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