Today's model at the ASOC portrait and figure workgroup was a surprise. Our booked model had to cancel, so Sarah—one of our participants—stepped in to "tick one more thing off" her list.
This was Sarah's first time modeling and her interest in yoga leant an air of calm and poise to this former member of the armed forces' poses.
The first drawings are two from the first 40 minute session: a conte crayon, charcoal, pencil, and chalk drawing and below it the quick charcoal sketch that preceded it.
Drawing specs: the long sketch is on 220 gsm drawing paper, 50 cm by 70 cm, the quick sketch is charcoal on butchers paper, 61 cm by 86 cm.
Next the second 40 minute session - Sarah with legs raised against the studio wall. For the the long pose sketch I decided to push the boat out on my conte crayon colour choices. Also shown is the very rough charcoal sketch of the same pose executed just before the long sketch.
Specs: long pose - conte crayon, charcoal, pencil, and chalk drawing, 220 gsm drawing paper, 50 cm by 70 cm. Preliminary sketch - charcoal on butchers paper, 61 cm by 86 cm.
The third long pose was a rear view. I did a few sketches for this pose - first the quick preliminary sketch on butchers paper, then a long drawing in conte, pencil and chalk on drawing paper. As I felt that I had done enough on this drawing I followed it with three quick sketches in charcoal and chalk. For the first two of these I used my wrong hand and essentially didn't lift the charcoal stick from the paper. The last one was done very quickly in the last two minutes of the pose. Specs for the drawings: long pose: conte crayon, pencil, and chalk on 220 gsm drawing paper, 70 cm by 50 cm; charcoal sketches on cartridge paper, 59 cm by 42 cm.
Last - a couple of the 5 minute sketches from the start of the day. Charcoal on butchers paper, 50 cm by 70 cm.