Monday, December 24, 2007

Some time ago, I came across a discontinued stock of toned paper on sale at a local art supply store. Only two colors were available—
light blue and pink. It had an interesting texture that was slightly different from usual laid paper that I use for pastel or conté drawing; heavier weight, less cushy but crispier on the surface. I thought it would be interesting to try it, so I bought a bulk of it.

I drew Robin I, II and III on that paper(also Nude#64, 65, 66, 72,
and a few others). They were done during a Drawing Marathon at the Palette and Chisel a few years ago. They have been misplaced for some time deep in one of my portfolio cases(I am sure there are other drawings scattered around here and there that need to be organized).

As for the paper, I liked the crispy surface of it(like clean sheet of linen) which allowed slightly more "drag" of the pencil and less "sink" into the surface. Robin was an excellent model for quick gesture drawing(I never got to paint her). She seemed to be very comfortable with and well aware of the dynamics and flexibility of of her body.
And she was able to endure difficult poses for full 10 to 25 minutes.


Robin I (Nude #75), 18" x12.5", pastel pencil on toned paper, available

Robin II (Nude #76), 12.5" x18", pastel pencil on toned paper, available

Robin III (Nude #77), 12.5" x18", pastel pencil on toned paper, available

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"The art student should strive to have endless patience and be doggedly persistent."
–Jack Hamm


Natanya I (Nude #74), 11.5" x18", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
Nude #73, 19" x12.5", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
Lorena IV (Nude #72), 18" x12", pastel pencil on toned paper, available
Paul I (Nude #71), 12" x18", pastel pencil on toned paper, sold