Alexis – Life Drawing March 20, 2012

20 minute, 10 minute, and 40 minute life drawing poses of Alexis at Norfolk Drawing Group on March 20, 2012.

All these drawings were done on toned Canson Mi-Tientes Paper, using Conte Pastel Pencils.

Alexis - 20 minute pose
Alexis - 20 minute pose
Alexis - 10 minute pose
Alexis - 10 minute pose
Alexis - 40 minute pose
Alexis - 40 minute pose


Links to Materials:

Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel Pad (Assorted Colors) 12 x 16 Inch:

Conte 24-Count Assortment Pastel Pencils:

Life Drawing in Conte Pastel Pencil

“Crystal” – 40 min. pose
Conte Pastel Pencils on 9×12 Pastel paper
March 13, 2012

This is a Conte pastel pencil drawing done at Norfolk Drawing Group on March 13, 2012.   It is 9 x 12 inch toned paper.  The pose was 40 minutes, broken into two 20 minute sessions.

With only 40 minutes I had to work quickly, and I probably spent too much time with the drawing accuracy to start out.  Even so, the drawing wasn’t completely accurate as her legs should have been longer!  But I had to get moving and into the shading and coloring and overall I felt the piece came out pretty strong.  I’m glad I didn’t skip too much of the drawing part because I always feel that is important, particularly with life drawings.  If you miss the accuracy, it really shows in your drawings, regardless of how the shading and values comes out.  Not that shading and values aren’t important, but for me I feel that the drawing is probably the most important.  That’s with my art anyway – for others I’m not trying to make a judgment or recommendation by saying that.

Crystal was an excellent model – we did a couple other poses which were great.  Hoping to work with her again some time.

I welcome any comments and/or critiques below.  Thanks!

– Eric

Shay Laren Oil Pastels
Shay Laren Oil Pastels Nude

I finally completed this oil pastels piece. I worked on it a long time, maybe a total of 30 hours.

It’s from a photo reference of Shay Laren, with a background of my own creation. I did want to make it all very sensual and I think the flowers helped with that. I’m pleased with the outcome, this is 12×16 Pastelbord, and primarily Sennelier oil pastels were used. I will work on a full step-by-step and post that to the site soon.

Shay Laren is a fantastic model and she recently retweeted the pic I uploaded to twitpic!

Feel free to leave comments and critiques, thanks!

Nude figure drawing step by step

This drawing came from one of the poses from Virtual Pose (Master Collection 2).

The oil pastels used are Mungyo, Erengi and Sennelier, and the surface is Canson mi-Tientes colored pastel paper. I used the smooth side of the paper, which I prefer because I am not fond of the texture of mi-Tientes paper for oil pastels.

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So here is Step 1:
In this step I spend a lot of time with the initial drawing, in order to get proportions right.

Step 2:
I roughly go over the outline of the figure, now that I feel comfortable with proportions, although I continue to make some adjustments.

Step 3:
Here I lightly begin filling in some of the skin tones, while still keeping things sketchy.

Step 4:
I continue working on skin tones and begin paying more attention to values and tones.

Step 5:
I start giving more focus to details in the face and hair.

Step 6:
I felt there needed to be more pink in the skin tones, and begin blending that in.

Step 7:
I am doing a lot more blending in with whites and some tan and yellow colors.

Step 8:
Adjustments to the blending and more focus on tones and values. I also finally get detailed in the hands, which I often tend to put off!

Step 9:
Not being happy with the plain background, I work in dark blues and greens. I’m not sure this was the best decision honestly.

Step 10:
There’s no turning back on the dark background, so I make it interesting, and in the end I am pleased with this piece.

Thanks for your interest in this step by step. If you have any questions, critiques or comments, please feel free to leave me a comment below!
– Eric