Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Some Charcoal Figure Drawings

























































These charcoal drawings, except for the portrait in the upper left, were done on18"x24" white paper. All were drawn from life. The portrait was drawn in NYC; the remainder in Mary Yanish's drawing class at ACAN, in 2007.

For all of these, I took charcoal dust, which I made by rubbing a piece of charcoal on a sandpaper block, and smeared it into blank paper. Then I drew with a stick or pencil of charcoal (or both). Then I used an eraser to draw light areas on the first two drawings, as well as the last.

P.S. I'm going to listen to myself (see comments) and drag myself and my paper and board out of the house and out to some uninstructed workshop with a live model as soon as possible. Though it's messy and often frustrating, this kind of drawing is just too much fun to give up.

15 comments:

  1. Jean, these drawings are wonderful.

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  2. Thanks, Elizabeth. I love drawing, especially the instant gratification. Oil paintings take forever to even dry.

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  3. the woman with the sheet is striking!

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  4. Thanks, AH. I'm pulling myself together and psyching myself up for some field trips to do more of this kind of drawing because I really miss it.

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  5. And yes, the woman who posed for this really is striking.

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  6. You have a certain touch for this approach. I'm attracted to the male torso with that sharp curve of shadow on his belly

    your enjoyment shows...do more

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  7. Okay. But my drawings will be different now. They keep changing over time.

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  8. PA's comment doesn't surprise me.
    Keep up the xcellent work!

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  9. Thanks, CP. I'm working on a large painting featuring a lunch place in Portland (the Cricket Cafe); they're very dog-friendly.

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  10. These are very strong drawings, Jean! They are making my fingers itch.
    I got bored with the figure drawing workshops and stopped going for a while. I do miss the models and the comeraderie,though.

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  11. Yes, Shanna, mine , too. It gets boring, but it's so good for drawing skills. Plus, it's one of the few social occasions, if you don't plein air paint, which I don't.

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  12. the last one is particularly phenomenal.

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  13. This is a beautiful set of charcoal drawings. You've got great control of the medium.

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