All of the drawings this week were done with NuPastels 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 extended poses allow for more finished drawings. The model was wearing a mask due to the pandemic.
All of the drawings this week were done with NuPastels on 18″ x 24″ paper. Our session started with five minute poses mainly for gesture followed by longer poses. The extended poses allow for more finished drawings. The model was wearing a mask due to the pandemic. I either left the face out or “faked it” to complete the drawings.
All of the drawings this week were done with NuPastels on 18″ x 24″ paper. We followed our usual format, starting with five minute poses mainly for gesture followed by longer poses. The more extended poses allow for more finished drawings.
We had a new model today and she offered wonderful and challenging poses. As with last week’s drawings, I used mainly NuPastels adding to the backgrounds with Chunky Charcoals. Working with a new model, I was a bit hesitant but managed to get a few drawings that I felt good about.
This week we had a special treat. Our excellent model came to the drawing session with the most delightful butterfly wings on her back. She kept the wings on for several of the poses. It brought a bit of levity and a drawing challenge to the group. The wings were also a nice contrast to the more serious face mask she wore to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
This week I returned to using my trusty NuPastels and Chunky Charcoals. There were even a few strokes done with Conté Crayons on a couple of the drawings. It was good to use pencils and ballpoint pens recently to practice my line drawing but I really missed working with color.
With the resurgence of Covid via the Delta variant, our model wore a mask at this week’s session. I avoided drawing the mask by either not including the head or imagining her face as I remembered it from past sessions. In a couple of poses, her back was turned to me which eliminated the mask dilemma.
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)!
Weekly life drawing sessions are continuing in Danville, Vermont. Our two hour sessions usually consist of five or six 5-minute poses followed by several longer poses of ten to twenty-five minutes. We had ten artists working this week, a rather large group for us. Some were drawing with pencils and others with everything from water-soluble crayons to colored pencils and charcoals. My drawings were done in my usual medium, pastels. Our very experienced model provided some rather animated and challenging poses as well as more relaxed ones making for a varied session which energized everyone.
Here are my drawings in the order they were done.