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 / 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

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
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