My life model (Jim) went to running club this morning, to meet with other runners and participate in a handicap race. He had a good run, despite the heat and humidity. He arrived home at about 11am, where I was champing at the bit, to get on with my drawing. The plan was for him to lie on the bed, in a comfortable position, so I could draw his feet from several different angles. The homework specification was to draw 4 A2 versions of one motif (in my case, Jim's feet) with emphasis on different aspects within each drawing.
Jim lay down on his side, so I could see his legs from behind, below and the front, depending on where I sat in relation to the bed. In no time, he had fallen asleep (which was my plan) so keeping his feet still was quite easy. Except that every so often he would twitch and shake his left foot. We used to have a Jack Russell dog, Daisy, who would twitch her feet and whimper when asleep, and we used to think she was chasing rabbits, or running around. Jim appeared to be still running his handicap race in his dreams - either that, or he was chasing rabbits too!
|Charcoal on paper with wash and spots.|
|Oil pastel overlaid on charcoal outlines. |
I sometimes work one image over another.
The outlines need to be knocked back a bit to make it work more effectively.
I was very pleased with my results - I used charcoal, oil pastel, ink and oil bar, and crumpled paper and charcoal. I particularly like the oil pastel - it is not especially appealing to use, but I'm starting to understand how to work it. The oil pastel needs to be rubbed harder than charcoal to smudge it, but you can get dense black areas quite easily, and good directional effects with clarity or blurring depending on how hard you rub. The oil bar is even less appealing to use. You need to peel off the hard skin, and draw with a very sticky media, which you flood over with wash, resulting in lovely textured lines, that are no longer sticky. The oil bar gets on your fingers, and takes about 3 washes with soap to remove. Yuk, but it gives a very distinctive effect.
|Charcoal on crumpled paper|
|Oil pastel with ink wash. Makes me think of Gaugin.|
Very difficult to draw with clear oil pastel and get the dimensions accurate.
But quite an interesting effect. Worth more practice.