Just to break routine, I decided to use mechanical pencil for this week’s drawing session. I’ve been using pastels in a larger format for several weeks and thought it would be good to change pace and go back to using a different medium. Not having to concern myself with color, I can concentrate on more accurate and somewhat more detailed drawing with a pencil. The 9″ x 12″ drawing size helps to concentrate on the figure and think more about proportion. When I’m using the larger 18″ x 24″ pastel sheets, it’s more like painting than drawing and I don’t always get the whole figure into the composition. As usual, the timings of the poses are listed in the captions below each drawing.
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.
This week I used ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil for the life drawing session. All drawings were done in an 11″ x 14″ sketch book. Our model was wearing a mask during the session due to the pandemic. The timings of the poses are indicated in the captions below each.
I enjoyed getting back to using ballpoint pen and pencil last week so I decided to stay with that for this week’s drawing session. The drawings were done in an 11″ x 14″ spiral sketchbook. The timings of the drawings are in captions below each.
After a break of two weeks for the holidays, I decided to change drawing mediums from pastels to pencil and ballpoint pen. I wanted to keep the drawing experience fresh and one way to do that is to periodically change the way I work. For me, drawing with pastels is like “dry painting”, using color and a larger format. Going back to a more conventional life drawing medium forces me to concentrate on the actual drawing of the figure rather than trying to make a more “painterly” composition. These drawings were done in an 11″ x 14″ sketchbook. As usual, we started out with short five minute poses and then went on to longer poses.
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.