Our VERY lucky figure drawing group had the pleasure of drawing one of my favorite models, because, my friends, she is a Goddess, on Wednesday night. She had some amazing gesture poses (which I forgot to photograph...perhaps I'll add those later!) and then settled into this beautiful pose (which was very close to all the heaters! Dang it's cold in GA!)
This first drawing was about an hour long, creadted with Nupastels on a purple piece of pastel paper (the textured kind that feels like sand-paper). I think I need to devolop at least one area a little more...I'm not sure which one...but the drawing doesn't seem to have a point of focus yet - everything is at the same level of development. But at the time I was drawing I didn't want to get too tight.
This is a charcoal drawing of the figure on an 11" x 14" piece of white drawing paper. I blocked the major shapes in with vine charcoal, and then developed the hi-lights and shadows with a kneaded eraser and a charcoal pencil. I spent about 40 minutes on this drawing.
As I was changing drawing locations in the room, I also noticed that this view was particularly lovely, so I quickly grabbed a 9" x 13" piece of pastel paper in light blue and worked on a modern version of a pastel figure drawing. I think the shapes are quite beautiful, and I captured a sense of volume and light in a small amount of information.