This semester I have felt much more enthusiastic than I usually do with life drawing and it’s probably because the work I have been producing has been a lot better than previous years of the subject.
I have always enjoyed working with charcoal and this year is no exception. This piece on the left I completed within 45 minutes and I’m really happy with the outcome. It’s one of the first times within life drawing that I have managed to create a resemblance between my drawing and the model. I have always felt comfortable using charcoal and have to stop myself from using it every single time I attend a class. Another charcoal piece that I completed and was happy with was this to the right. Again it was a 45 minute pose, but the model was in costume. I enjoyed having the added challenge of clothing and trying to distinguish between the skin tone and clothing.
Another technique that I have much fondness for is quink ink and bleah, which works great when wanting to contrast greatly between light and shade. I first apply the quink ink to the page and then begin drawing the model with a light coloured pencil before adding bleach with a paintbrush to create the highlights. I feel that this piece was quite successful and my life drawing tutor was really enthusiastic about it.