Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pastel Drawing from the live male nude model. The progression of a pastel drawing.

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.

You can see more of my life drawings from the male nude model in my Fine Art on Etsy shop.


Amanda Fall - Sprout editor said...

Kristina, this is so beautiful! I love getting a sneak peek into your process here--I was in love with your drawing by the second frame, then somehow you just got better and better. :)

You have such a gift. You don't just see what's there--you find its emotion and feeling.

Krystyna81 said...

You are too sweet, Amanda. Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Sometimes I feel like I'm being too really helps me to hear that you see something beyond just "technique"