Life drawings from October 17

I was back to using pastels for the life drawings this week. As usual, I started out with Cretacolor’s Chunky Charcoals. On the longer poses, I’ve added more brilliant colors with several blues, reds and greens from Prismacolor NuPastels.

Short poses

Walker-10_17_18--18
5 minute pose – Chunky Charcoals
Walker-10_17_18--08
5 minute pose – Chunky Charcoals
Walker-10_17_18--15
5 minute pose – Chunky Charcoals
Walker-10_17_18--12
5 minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels

Longer poses

Walker-10_17_18--01
20 minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels
Walker-10_17_18--05
25 minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels
Walker-10_17_18--19
20 minute pose – Chunky Charcoals and NuPastels

 

Life Drawings from October 3

After using pencil and ballpoint pen for the last couple of weeks, I decided to go back to my favorite medium for life drawing; pastels. It may be of interest that last week’s model and this week’s are one and the same. I feel that the medium often dictates the style of drawing. You might find it of interest to compare last week’s drawings and this week’s. There are, of course, different poses but it’s the same model being drawn and the handling of the figure is quite different between the two styles.

Short poses

Heather-10_3_18--02
Five minute pose – pastels
Heather-10_3_18--10
Five minute pose – pastels
Heather-10_3_18--14
Five minute pose – pastels
Heather-10_3_18--18
Five minute pose – pastels

Longer poses

Heather-10_3_18--05
Twenty minute pose – pastels
Heather-10_3_18--08
Twenty minute pose – pastels
Heather-10_3_18--20
Fifteen minute pose – pastels

Life drawings from September 12

Well, for the most recent session, I was back to using pastels, my favorite medium for life drawing. The new model from August 22 was back and she offered some very natural and interesting poses to draw. It seems to me that the more natural and un-contrived the pose, the easier it is to get down on paper and the more interesting to view both as an artist and as a viewer. Any comments on that would be welcome; let me know what you think.

Short 5 minute poses

Longer 20 minute poses

Life Drawings from August 22

This week I stayed with pastels (chunky charcoals and Nupastels) for life drawing. However, there was a new element to the session; our model, who had posed for us some time ago and only for a couple of sessions. She provided very natural and some quite animated poses that were inspiring to draw. Although we are fortunate to have several excellent models to work with regularly, it was a challenge and an inspiration to have this new model to work with.

Short 5 minute poses

Longer 25 minute poses

 

Pastel Life Drawings from August 15

This week I decided to go back to pastels for the Danville Life Drawing Group session. The materials that I use for these drawings usually consist of the following items. Dick Blick sells a very versatile paper (Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper) in various sizes and weights that is quite reasonably priced when purchased in quantity. I use the 18″ x 24″ size. For the drawings, I normally start with Chunky Charcoals by Cretacolor. They are quite large, 5/8″ (16 mm) thick, and 3-3/8″ (86 mm) long, and I usually break the sticks in half to work with them. They are available in eleven subdued colors. What’s really nice about these sticks is that they can be used either on end to make line drawings or using the long side for broad tonal marks. I will often additionally use NuPastel sticks (available in many more colors than the Chunky Charcoals) to enhance the colors of the final drawing.

Short 5 minute poses;

Longer 25 minute poses;

Life drawing from July 25th

I’m staying with pastels for a while to do my life drawings and these are from last Wednesday at our Danville, VT  life drawing group.

Short 5 minute poses

Longer poses (20 – 25 minutes)

 

Life Drawings from July 18

I’ll interrupt my posts of Provence drawings to take a look at my most recent life drawings in Danville, VT. We are very lucky, in such a small rural community to have a public multi use venue in which to hold our life drawing sessions (The Danville Community Center). Actually it’s the old bank building which was given to the local library (which is adjacent to it) after the bank built a new branch in town. The library raised funds to refurbish the interior and make it available to members of the community for various uses. In addition to the life drawing group, there have been yoga and tai chi classes, various concerts and lectures and a knitting group. It is also the rehearsal venue for the Danville Town Band. We are also VERY fortunate to have access to several terrific experienced models who live nearby. Here are last Wednesday’s drawings.

Short 5 minute poses

 

Longer 20 – 25 minute poses

 

 

Latest Life Drawings

I have several drawings from Provence to post and I will do that over the next few days but I wanted to include the most recent life drawings in the meantime. It felt good to get back to the Danville life drawing group and to do some figure drawing. Here are the latest, done with pastels on 18″ x 24″ paper.

Five minute poses:

Twenty-five minute poses:

Life drawings from 5/30/18

I was less than excited about these drawings but in the interest of fairness and a truer representation of my ups and downs with life drawing, I decided to post them anyway. The short poses give a fairly good idea of the gesture (about all you can do in five minutes). The longer poses weren’t as finished as I would hope but I’ll let them speak for themselves.

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