Our life drawing group had a terrific male model last night. And, as if that wasn't good enough, there were also Margaritas AND a profesional giving us free massages! Man we were spoiled artists!
I took photos as I drew...I started with a blue watercolor pencil on a 12" x 18" piece of Wallis paper.
Next, I softened the lines with a little bit of water and moved the paint around, starting to create shadow shapes and atmosphere.
Next I used a deep reddish brown Nupastel to block in some of the largest areas of shadow.
I started to layer colors, thinking not just about what the top layer should be, but what colors I wanted to underneath - such as various blues, purples, mint and olive greens.
I continued to add warmer colors and lighter colors to warm up his flesh tones.
I don't normally block in the whole atmosphere with pastel, but this time I went for it, bringing in some of the skin's under-tones into the background.