Life drawing: soft pastels and biro
The latest collection of work from life drawing class. Firstly, the soft pastels….
I felt quite disheartened after drawing these two. The tutor was encouraging us to work on tone, rather than line, but I found my tendency was to do the reverse. I think part of the problem stemmed from working in a colour medium because, as I said in my last post, I find it harder to create tone in colour. Also, although I like pastels, I do find the blending of them to be problematic. I lose clarity of colour very easily with them.
For the final drawing that night, I decided to relax and do what came naturally instead. This was the result.
While there are still things I’m not happy with, this one seemed to come a bit easier. I approached it trying not to worry about the end result, and consequently felt a little more relaxed as I worked on it.
For the most recent class, we focused on biro. Can’t say I felt overjoyed at the prospect, as my cursory dabbling with biro, in the mark-making exercises, had proved less than effective. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the speed and detail of it.
It did feel a bit strange to use, at first, and I think the results were rather more rigid than I might have liked.
One of the main difficulties, of course, is that when you ‘go wrong’ with a biro, the mistakes remain. No going back.
Despite that, though, I tried to focus on some of what I’ve been learning in the early stages of Drawing 1. I even introduced a little hatching into some of my drawings!
The 3 minute sketch shown above was actually two separate sketches drawn close together. Looking at them afterwards, though, they didn’t seem so unconnected. As quick and scribbled as they were, I rather liked them. The figure sketch was one I did while most people were packing up to leave. I was having a conversation with the person beside me and, consequently, wasn’t thinking too much about what I was drawing. There might be a lesson in there, I think. The longer and more considered version of the above looks like this…
No life drawing this week, due to half-term. The next one up features graphite and soft pencil.