Monday, November 29, 2010
I stayed on for most of the afternoon, trying out some soft graphite on sheets of Japanese paper. The top one took about an hour and a quarter, and the one below revisiting the same pose from a few degrees over was roughly 30 minutes, and is the better of the two.
The lowest one of S- is done on an older, slightly messy sheet of Japanese paper, and is a 15-minute study. It is an `I have nothing to lose' image, and has the most gusto of the lot, even if the handling is a little raw.
I went over for part of the morning on the Sunday to the TSA, and A- was working. Above are two 10-minute studies, done with graphite on 20 x 30" cartridge paper, and below are two 15-minute studies done on roughly 18 x 24" sheets of Japanese paper, with 8B graphite.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
These are all in the 15-20 minute range, done on various sheets of Japanese paper with 8B graphite. Size-wise they are all in the 18 x 24" range, except for the head study, which is about 10" square.
The 18 x 24 format is much smaller than the 24 x 36 sheets of newsprint I had grown to like, but is big enough to not feel too constrained while drawing, and means I can get two studies out of one larger sheet, which is a little more comfortable cost-wise for now. Still haven't decided which paper is most conducive for me to work on.
The head study is of L- , but I had in point of fact drawn it a week before, in the last half-hour of another session, but neglected to post it.
Friday, November 26, 2010
These are two 15-minute studies and a 20-minute one below. They are ll done with 8B graphite on sheets of approx. 18 x 24" Japanese paper, different varieties.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
These three studies are all done with graphite on roughly 18 x 24" Japanese paper sheets. I've been trying a variety of different ones in an attempt to work out which one has the handling characteristics I most like. Each has a slightly different quality, so I haven't settled on one or two yet.
So in some ways these studies are like blind testing - I pick a piece at random, draw on it, and then later look at several of them together and compare their look.
The upper two were 20 minutes each, while the lower one was a 15-minute one.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I was back sketching the next day, over at Artists 25. M- was working, and I was continuing to explore the possibilities of extra-soft graphite sticks.
The top three images are 1-minute studies on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge, and the two below are 5 minutes each, on 20 x 30" sheets of cartridge paper.
On the Monday, I tried out a new space, the CS studios. It was very small and intimate, but I had also happened upon the one evening where the organisers had elected to skip having a model, in favour of doing some drapery study.
I was already there, so I elected to stay. The top image is a 30-minute study, 18 x 24". the next one was 45 minutes on a 20 x 30" sheet, the third was an hour, 20 x 30", and the bottom one was 20 minutes, on an 18 x 24" sheet. All of these are done on cartridge paper, using 8B graphite.
I missed having a person to draw, but it was good practice, all the same.