Chalk life drawings

Sitting girl in red

Sitting girl in red

Medium: Orange, red and white chalk on manilla paper.

Creation time: 1 hour.

I really like this drawing. It was rendered with two different types of red chalk, one light orange and one a stronger darker red. This has given some subtle changes to the red tones throughout the drawing. I also used white chalk for the highlights. Perhaps if I had used a slightly darker piece of paper then the white highlights would have been a little stronger. I feel that they are a slightly lost.

Girls back in red

Girls back in red

Medium: Red chalk on art paper.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

A reasonably quick drawing of a girl's back sitting on a chair.

Man in red chalk

Man in red chalk

Medium: Red and white chalk on blue paper.

Creation time: 1 hour.

Practicing my rendering technique with red and white chalk.

This model was really good. He was doing some very nice dynamic poses and his muscles were very well defined which made for interesting drawing.

Girl with dark hair

Girl with dark hair

Medium: Red, black and white chalk on blue paper.

Creation time: 1 hour.

This is my first attempt at drawing with red, black and white chalk on blue paper. I think it's going to take a bit of practice. I went a bit heavy on the black and it seems to have ruined the subtlety.

Old man in red chalk on blue paper

Old man in red chalk on blue paper

Medium: Red chalk and white charcoal.

Creation time: 1.5 hours.

A portrait study trying out new mediums - I haven't drawn with red crayon on blue paper before. When it works properly it looks fantastic, but I need to practice some more! :)

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Three men in chalk, charcoal and pencil

Three men in chalk, charcoal and pencil

Medium: Conte Crayon (chalk), charcoal and pencil.

Creation time: 30 minutes each.

I drew the same pose three times and experimented with different media each time; chalk, charcoal, and graphite pencil.

Experimenting like this is one of the best ways to see the qualities of each medium side by side.

I much prefer the graphite pencil version on the right, probably because it's more detailed. I'm a perfectionist at heart so detail wins in my book any day!

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