This week I stayed with ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil for the weekly life drawing session. We had a model that I haven’t drawn since October of 2019. It’s amazing how difficult it is for me to draw a new or infrequent model. I guess I form a specific approach to each model and it takes a while to get that visualization focused. In any case, the first drawings were harder to get going. As the session progressed, I felt more comfortable and I think the quality of the drawings improved. Having more time on the longer poses helped to get better results.
This was a somewhat frustrating week at life drawing. I tried a new combination of drawing materials with only limited success. Rather than the usual Nupastels and Chunky Charcoals that I use on 18″ x 24″ mixed use paper, I tried working with Conté crayons on a smaller surface, 11″ x 14″. I was trying to minimize the accumulation of chalk dust; Conté crayons are harder than the other pastel sticks. There was less dust but the combination of paper type, size and feel didn’t work for me. There was much less control of the of color on the paper surface (it’s really just cheap computer paper) and it smeared easily making it hard to draw deliberately. There was smudging everywhere. In addition, the consensus of the group on this occasion was to start with three-minute poses instead of the usual five minutes. So I had even less time to feel comfortable with the new materials. I finally gave up on the Conté crayons and finished the session with mechanical pencil and ballpoint pen drawings. It was frustrating but I “chalked” it up to experience, as they say.
I decided to stay with using pencil and ballpoint pen for this week’s life drawing session. I prefer using color, especially with pastels, but I think using a stylus (pen or pencil) is more of a “drawing” discipline for me. I often depend on color to save a study with the pastels. Using a pen is much more revealing of the actual drawing (and any of it’s weaknesses)!
I celebrated my birthday this week by going to the life drawing session as usual. Using two different 9 x 12 inch sketchpads, all drawings were done with a mechanical pencil. The timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each drawing.
This week I decided to go very light and used just a 9″ x 12″ sketchbook and a mechanical pencil for the life drawing session. One of the advantages of using this simple combination is the ease with which I can move around the model and change the angle of view. That’s much harder to do with the larger format of 18″ x 24″ on a tabletop drawing board that I use for pastels. The timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each image.
The last time I posted life drawings done with pen and ink or pencil was August 21st of 2019. Most of the time I use pastels but it’s good to shake things up a bit and change mediums. Each medium tends to dictate its own style to some degree so these drawings look rather different from my recent postings done in pastels. The attached drawings were done with either ballpoint pen or mechanical pencil in a 9″ x 12″ sketchbook. The medium used and the timings are listed in the captions below each drawing.
This week I used ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil for life drawing. I’ll indicate the medium used and the timings in the captions of each drawing.
This week we welcomed a new model. She was excellent and provided very good poses which she held beautifully for the allotted times. I often find it difficult to draw a new model. With models that I know and have drawn many times I have developed an approach to their specific features and can generally jot them down rather quickly. With a new model I’m forced to see more objectively and not take anything for granted. That, of course is a challenge but makes me look and draw more deliberately.
I’ve indicated the medium and the times for each drawing below in captions.
As I have been doing recently, I used a combination of ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil for this week’s life drawings. The medium used and the time for each drawing are in the captions below.
This week I wasn’t sure which medium I wanted to work in so I brought my iPad, sketchbook and pens and pencils. I hadn’t done any life drawing on the iPad for a while so I started out with that for the four 5-minute short poses. As in the past, I used Procreate app to do the drawings with two “brushes”; “willow charcoal” and “6B pencil”. I started with the willow charcoal brush and roughed in the overall shape of the pose and then, with the pencil brush, I added the line work.
The next pose was for 25 minutes and I wanted to try using the ballpoint pen for that. As it turned out, I did two drawing of that reclining pose; one from the front (15 minutes) and one from the back (10 minutes). It was a difficult pose and I almost wished I’d used pencil for it since that would have been more forgiving. Once you put the pen marks down, you’re stuck with them!
The following pose was a bit more straightforward, a standing pose and for that one I did use mechanical pencil with kneaded eraser to bring out some highlights.
The final pose was done with ballpoint pen.