Thursday, 18 November 2010

More lifedrawing - now with pastels

Sorry about the lack of posts. I got stuck on one of Ann's challenges and couldn't decide whether to move on to another exercise or give it yet another try. Luckily, I had a really good day at the life drawing class yesterday, and now feel more confident and ready to draw again. I wonder why drawing always must be like this? - shifting between excitement and dejection, between confidence and paralysing self-critique.

Sharon showed me how to work with pastels in the spring. I did buy a pack of soft pastels from Winsor & Newton and a pad of pastel paper, but I have not really given it a try before yesterday. Then yesterday morning, I couldn't find my pencils and instead grabbed the soft pastels and a pack of pastel pencils before I ran out of the door. At the class, I just had to get on with it. It is not perfect, but for a second try (see first try here) I think it worked out really well! I am definitely going to work pastels again next week.


  1. Gry, How encouraging. To be able to pick up an unfamiliar medium and produce such good work proves you are a very good artist. You have captured the model's distant look perfectly - I wonder what she was thinking?

  2. Sharon, I think part of my success was due to the fact that it was a 90 minutes pose (2 x 45 min). After 30 minutes, I was ready to give up, but I continued just to see what would come out of it. It often helps not to have any expectations for the finished drawing.

    I think that the model's distant expression is mostly due to boredom - 90 minutes is a long time just to lie on a couch :-)