FIGURE DRAWING
October 3, 2007
Drawings from September 18th, 2007


> Chalk and Charcoal on Newsprint, 19 x 24". 10 minutes.

I went figure drawing a couple of weeks ago. Always unprepared, I borrowed some blue chalk from my new assistant, Gary.


> Chalk and Charcoal on Newsprint, 19 x 24". 20 minutes.

The softness of the chalk was a pleasure to work with, but I felt like the drawing was in danger of blowing away at any time.
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Drawings from October 2nd, 2007

We went figure drawing again yesterday, and the model was great. She had the elegance of a dancer, and her poses were full of drama. I decided to graduate from chalk and try out a new box of pastels, a medium which I had never explored before.


> Charcoal on Newsprint, 19 x 24". 3 minutes.

I owe everything to Jim McMullan for how I approach the quicker poses.


> Charcoal on Newsprint, 19 x 24". 2 minutes.


> Pastel and Charcoal on Newsprint, 19 x 24". 5 minutes.

Probably the strongest drawing of the night.


> Pastel and Charcoal on Newsprint, 19 x 24". 10 minutes.


> Pastel and Charcoal on Newsprint, 19 x 24". 10 minutes.


> Pastel and Charcoal on Newsprint, 19 x 24". 20 minutes.

For me, a pose like this is always exceptionally difficult; it's hard to create a drawing that's not flat and static at this angle. I concentrated on the hips and ribs to try to create the illusion of space and the sense of stretching in her body.