Thursday, June 30, 2011
On the Sunday morning I got out for some drawing. K- was working. Above is a 5-minute study getting warmed up. Below are two 20-minute studies. All are done with hard compressed charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge paper.
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The final 15-minute study of G- that night was a more playful experiment. At the nearby Dollarama I had picked up some sparkle-covered tissue sheets to wrap a friends' bitrthday present, and tried doing a charcoal drawing on that. The tissue was very delicate, and began to shred in places, but was argeeably smooth to work on.
I used a harder compressed charcoal for this. If I was going to use more of that I'd try out soft compressed charcoal or soft vine charcoal; they would be gentler on the surface.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
These are two final 20-minute studies, also hard compressed charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge paper. The top one has what is, for me, a very successful partial face, Only putting in part of a face without underdrawing is something I find very difficult to pull off successfully.
After a longer break, there were some further gesture poses and a pair of 15-minute poses. The top study is 1-minute, the other two are 15 minutes each. All are done with hard compressed charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge paper.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
These are two 5-minute studies above, and a 10-minute one below. All are done with hard compressed charcoal on cartridge paper.
The first 5-minute one was an experiment: I tried drawing on a small (12 x 18" sheet in the middle of a larger pad, so the drawing could run effortlessly out the edges of the page. I tend to choosa a size and stick with it for a while, so to shift scales means being much more on the ball. I have a theory, though, that in trying to do some drawings on very small sheets, then shifting up to a larger paper makes it seem like a larger piece of real estate. Things in drawing are relative.
The second 5-minute study is on an 18 x 24" sheet, but the scale of head to body was askew. The 10-minute one is also on an 18 x 24" sheet. It was a very dramatic pose, good lighting, and I feel it is an especially strong study. I feel it ranks among my strongest figure studies.
I have noticed a correlation between throwing challenges into the drawing process and the degree of focus in the drawings that follow them. I think it is because one's brain is more awake and engaged.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
These are also 1-minute studies, using hard charcoal on 12 x 18" sheets of cartridge paper. ( I was using up some leftover bits of paper as a challenge, to try wotking at the smaller scale.)
Monday, June 20, 2011
For most of the rest of the evening I mostly experimented with fragmentary studies. From the top these are two 15-minute studies and a 20-minute study, plus a final 5-minute one.
All these are also charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge paper.