|Both the process and the product of drawing are immensely appealing to me. One of the reasons it is always a challenge is because there are so many variables between the nature of the drawing surface and the drawing implement itself. I have started learning to use a water soluble graphite pencil, which makes marks that look the same as a regular soft graphite pencil, but will bleed and run when it is wet with plain water. Above is a new drawing on the left, that I made this week, and on the right is how it looks after it has been brushed with a wet paintbrush. I have allowed the grainy texture of many of the pencil strokes to show through, so that it still retains some of the quality of a drawing instead becoming a monochromatic painting. (Ignore the blue tint in the drawing on the left — that’s just my impatience with my camera.)
Below are some other drawings I made at the regular weekly figure drawing session at Studio b. this week. The first one is one of my favorites from this year. I wish I could draw like this all the time. I think I was inspired by the difficulty of the pose. Our model was amazing.
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These are really beautiful Joan. I went back and read some of your posts. thanks for doing that. Its like a textbook for ideas.
Thank you, Nancy. I hope you can come back and draw with us!
you have learned and applied so much in a short time frame .. you set your own standard and are an inspiration to us all
Thank you, Susan! I miss you when you’re not able to come draw with us!