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

Life Drawings / June 29 2022

This week I decided to go back to using ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil for the life drawing session. It’s a good idea to switch between mediums both to keep drawing interesting and to practice different methods of approaching the subject. When I use pastels, I think in a rather painterly fashion, using color and broad strokes. With drawing styli (pen or pencil) I think more of line and texture (hatching). The timings of the poses are in the captions below each drawing.

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

Life Drawings / June 22 2022

All drawings were done on 18″ x 24″ white paper using pastels. 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 / June 15 2022

All of the life drawings from this week’s session were done with pastels on 18″ x 24″ paper. The model was wearing a mask due to the continuing danger of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 minute pose
twenty-five minute pose

Life Drawings / June 8 2022

Today’s drawings were done with pastels on 18″ x 24″ paper. The model was masked due to Covid. The artists were also masked for the same reason. The timings of the poses are in captions below each of the drawings.

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

Life Drawings / June 1 2022

I continued to use my trusty pastels this week in the life drawing session. The chalks used were a combination of mainly NuPastels with some touches of Chunky Charcoals. They 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
five minute pose
five minute pose
thirty minute pose
twenty-five minute pose

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
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