Life Drawing Workshop – 3/18/18

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I haven’t drawn with graphite pencil in a very long time but I did today after my order of a .09 mm Pentel mechanical pencil and a 2 mm aviation aluminum mechanical pencil 2B arrived from Amazon. I also brought with me several wooden graphite pencils.

I avoided using graphite pencils for drawing for several reasons and I just preferred drawing with charcoal. I know it might take some time to get that familiarity back with graphite again but I think I’ll give it a lot of chance for it to become one of my tools of choice.

Below are a couple of 20 minute graphite pencil drawings with white highlights on tone paper. I think I’ll add a couple of darker grades like maybe a 4B and 6B. I hope it gets better next time.

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Painting in Progress – Untitled

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Came up with the idea to paint a crow with black orchids last summer and have been working off and on with it. This weekend I worked on it some more and it’s getting closer to being finished.

Below is the painting of a crow and black orchids.

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Life Drawing Workshop – 2/25/18

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We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately and it looked like it was going to be another wet day. But the clouds just hung overhead and I didn’t have to drive to and from the drawing workshop in the rain.

The model we had was a regular model that I’ve drawn many times before. I think I got one drawing that I really liked from today’s drawing session.

Below is a 20 minute 2-color charcoal drawing on toned paper.

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Life Drawing Workshop – 2/18/18

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Overcast day this Sunday. I was planning to do some archery after the workshop but it looked like some heavy rain was going to come down so I cancelled it.

But today’s life drawing workshop turned out pretty good for me. The two minute warm-up ink drawings came out better than I expected. I also got a couple of drawings from the longer 20 minute poses that I thought were worthy of posting.

Below are two twenty-minute charcoal drawings on toned paper.

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Life Drawing Workshop – 2/11/18

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Today we remembered Yoko, a very respected and well loved fellow artist, with a luncheon after the figure drawing session. Yoko ran the Sunday life drawing workshop diligently for over 30 years. She passed away a few weeks ago.

It was a huge turnout, the most people I’ve ever seen in that drawing room at one time in all the years that I’ve been there. There were artist friends that I met there about 30 years ago that don’t attend the workshop anymore but showed up for this day. It was just great to see them again.

The food was great and more than enough for everyone. Kudos for Scott G. for putting together this luncheon.

But there was a figure drawing session first and we had one of our favorite models. His poses are just amazing. He has a way of contorting his body in many different angles.

Below are three of the twenty-minute poses that I drew with charcoal on toned paper.

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Life Drawing Workshop – Sunday, 1/28/18

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We were saddened with the news of the passing of a dear artist Yoko, who ran this Sunday group for about three decades. I first met her when I started attending this Sunday workshop back in the early 80’s. She hired and scheduled the models, collected the money to pay the models, and timed the poses. We all benefited from her unselfish labor of love.

She was, herself, an excellent artist especially with pastels and charcoal. As Yoko got older she transitioned her responsibility to Scott, who is now handling the duty of keeping this Sunday life drawing workshop going. I must say, she passed the torch on to the right person for this Sunday workshop is as well attended as ever.

As for today’s workshop we had a bald male model, an old timer that we’ve drawn many times before. Sometimes I find him difficult to draw but I thought I was able to get a couple good drawings off of him.

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Life Drawing Workshop – 1/21/18 & 1/28/18

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With so many things going on last December and early January I haven’t been able to go to the life drawing workshop. But I was able to go last weekend and this weekend. I didn’t feel rusty at all and was able to continue where I left off.

Below are some of 2 minute warm-up figure ink wash drawings from the past two Sundays.

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Life Drawing Workshop – 11/26/17

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Caught something during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Got the coughs and runny nose but I’ve been taking Echinasea Goldenseal and I think it has kept my cold in check. My co-worker was turned on to this by his hippie friends and he in turn told me the benefits of Echinasea Goldenseal. The trick is, though, is to take it immediately at the onset when you start to feel the scratchy throat and runny nose.

So I woke up this morning and it had been raining and it’s wet all over the island. But I needed to get out of the house and start getting back to a regular routine that I was familiar with so I decided to go to the figure drawing workshop.

I got to talk about art and socialize with my artist friends. The model was late but it turned out to be a pretty good drawing session.

Below is a 20 minute two-color charcoal drawing on tone paper.

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Koa Gallery Miniature Art Show 2017

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I submitted one painting for the Koa Gallery Miniature Art Show at Kapiolani Community College. The show is from November 16 to December 16, 2017. This is just the second year I’ve participated in this show.

I still have a little difficulty coming up with paintings at such a small size but I’ll try to put in more effort for next year. The maximum size is 9″ x 12″ but I heard from some other artists that they want to go smaller to about 5″ x 7″.

Below is my miniature painting. Couldn’t come up with an original title so I just called it Crow.

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Life Drawing Workshop 11/5/17

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Beautiful young black model today with bright shining eyes. Probably still new at modeling. Her poses were not a dynamic as some of the older, more experienced models we’ve had but she was still a very good subject.

Below is a 20 minute pose, which I worked on for another 10 minutes after the pose was done.

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Below is an earlier warmup 2 minute pose with ink and brush.

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To see more of my artwork, please go to www.cletocriste.com.