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Was finally able to attend the Sunday life drawing workshop after missing it for almost a month. There were many things to do during the Christmas and New Year holidays that kept me away. My daughter came home from Washington D.C. and I spent time with her taking her to do some archery and to see the movie The Hobbit-Battle of the Five Armies. The NFL playoffs were being played and I couldn’t miss those. This weekend is the Pro Bowl but it’s an afternoon game and I really don’t care to watch it.
So I got to see some old friends again and one of our favorite models was scheduled for today. I thought I did ok today. Didn’t feel like I had any rust at all. Here are some of the drawings from today’s workshop.
2-minute warm-ups – sumi ink
20 minute poses – charcoal
We had such a contrast of models in the last two weekends of the figure drawing workshop, from the muscular and dynamic Quantae of the previous week, to this slender young man who would just stand there without much of a bodily expression. The difference between Quantae and this young man (sorry, didn’t get his name), was that Quantae could also just stand there, but he had so many well defined muscles in his body that you could get really involved with the drawing; whereas, this young man wasn’t as muscular and you had to search deeply to find any interesting surface variations or tensions in his body.
But give the young model credit for it’s difficult enough to stand naked in front of a group of strangers and he also held his pose very well without moving much.
Here are some of the drawings from last Sunday’s figure drawing workshop.
2-minute warm-up poses (sumi ink)
10 minute pose (charcoal)
20 minute pose (charcoal)
We had a new model today. Someone I’ve never drawn before. It started off well with the warm up poses and I thought I did fine with the 3 color chalk drawings until I got home and got a better look at the drawings. Oh well, there’s always the next figure drawing session and the chance to improve and get better.
2-minute Warm-up Poses
3 Color Chalk Drawing
So I was excited about this week’s figure drawing workshop. I wanted to see if I’d be able to apply anything I learned about three color chalk drawing. But didn’t go as well as I would have liked it to have gone. However, I think I took a few steps forward as far as learning was concerned. I’ll cover my three color chalk drawings in another post.
In the meantime, I felt better about my two minute warm-up sketches with sumi ink and wash. Here are some of the samples that I did.
I even felt better with my 5 minute charcoal drawing.
I thought I did well in the gestural aspect and giving the figure a sense of volume. At least there were some good to go with the bad experiences I had with the three color chalk drawings.
The Sunday figure drawing session begins with ten 2-minute warm-up poses by the model. I like to use ink and wash for these poses because I have to work quickly. The wooden chopstick dipped in ink works really well to get the lines down, and the sumi brush dipped in diluted ink quickly covers broad areas to indicate the shadows. I’ll also pull ink off the drawn lines with the brush. It’s very expressive and calligraphic like. I learned this method from my figure drawing instructor, Ken Bushnell, at the University of Hawaii. He had us use an ink called Super Quink, but I switched to sumi ink because I could get a really dark black and a wider range of grays. Below are samples of ink sketches that were done within the past two years.
It may take a little practice not to mess up the line work when you’re brushing in the washes but you can get some really nice, expressive figure drawings from the warm-up poses with a brush and a chopstick pen.
If you’re on Facebook, you may be able to go to my Ink Figure Sketches album and see additional sketches at a larger size.