White charcoal life drawing on coloured paper

Hands in Light charcoal life drawing

Hands in Light charcoal life drawing

Medium: Black and white charcoal pencil on blue paper.

Creation time: 55 minutes.

In this drawing I concentrated on the highlights and left most of the shadows untouched.

Seated Man charcoal life drawing

Seated Man charcoal life drawing

Medium: Charcoal and white pencil on toned paper.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

This drawing worked out well, however I think it would look much better if it wasn't cross-hatched. Sometimes I overwork things a bit. I need to learn when to stop!

Burgundy girl

Burgundy girl

Medium: Black charcoal and white pencil on burgundy paper.

Creation time: 10 minutes.

Just a quick sketch that I liked. The white was done very roughly.

Girl on pillow

Girl on pillow

Medium: Black and white charcoal.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

This was a lovely pose, the extreme foreshortening makes it quite interesting. Normally it's difficult to capture this view point in a natural way but I feel that this drawing worked easily for some reason. I really like the patterns of light and shadow as they wander across the curves of her body!

Seated girl long study

Seated girl long study

Medium: Black and white charcoal.

Creation time: 4 hours.

I had not drawn a long pose for quite some time so I decided to do one today. This is a really nice pose and I took my time to get it all drawn in as accurately as possible. It's nice to be able to leisurely sketch away without feeling rushed by a short time frame.

The light was almost directly coming from my direction so there weren't many large shadow areas on the model. I like drawing from this position because it means that there are a lot of fully lit areas that need to be rendered with white charcoal. I love adding white to a drawing, it lifts the subject off the page and gives it a life of it's own. Of course you can only use white on toned paper.

Man with hand on head

Man with hand on head

Medium: Black and white charcoal.

Creation time: 20 minutes.

This is a section of a larger drawing. The original is slightly larger then A3 but I only have an A4 scanner. Normally I scan my larger works in many pieces and join them together with photoshop but today I'm feeling lazy!

I think the part that I did scan is the best though. I like the way the profile of his face turned out.

Man standing up straight

Man standing up straight

Medium: Black and white charcoal on orange paper.

Creation time: 5 minutes.

Just a quick sketch.

Man crouched holding leg

Man crouched holding leg

Medium: Black and white charcoal.

Creation time: 10 minutes.

This is a nice pose of a man sitting on the floor crouching over from the side. I had a lot of fun following all the curves with my charcoal pencil with this one, when you look closely at the lines I think it shows.

Man sitting face on

Man sitting face on

Medium: Black and white charcoal on coloured paper.

Creation time: 10 minutes.

This was a nice relaxed pose of a man sitting on a chair face on. I didn't bother drawing the chair so it looks as if he's floating in space!

Man on ground

Man on ground

Medium: Black and white charcoal.

Creation time: 10 minutes.

In this pose you can see some nice muscle definition in the man's back as well as his shoulder blades. I also like how his right lower leg is foreshortened.

Man sitting with crossed legs

Man sitting with crossed legs

Medium: Charcoal pencil on blue paper.

Creation time: 40 minutes.

Just a quick sketch of a man. I like the light coming from the side.

Girl with no feet

Girl with no feet

Medium: Charcoal.

Creation time: 1 hour.

This girl has very nice feet, but unfortunately I missed them when I scanned the drawing. I guess the lesson to learn is always check!

Five girls

Five girls

Medium: Charcoal.

Creation time: 50 minutes.

Five 10 minute studies of the same female model.

Foot study

Foot study

Medium: Charcoal.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

Just a simple drawing of a girls foot.

Seated man in burgundy

Seated man in burgundy

Medium: Black and white charcoal pencil on burgundy paper.

You can really lift a drawing off the page when you use strong white on a dark paper. The only difficulty with this technique is it is hard to see the black construction lines when you first plan out the pose.

Side-lit man

Side-lit man

Medium: Black and white charcoal pencil on light grey paper.

Creation time: 10 minutes.

This is just a quick drawing that I liked even though there are lots of things wrong with it.

David look-a-like

David look-a-like

Medium: Black and white charcoal pencil on brown paper.

Creation time: 1 hour.

This model is really great. He has such classical features and this particular pose reminds me of Michelangelo's marble statue of David.

Girl sitting life drawing

Girl sitting life drawing

Medium: Black and white charcoal pencil on gray paper.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

This is the first drawing in a series of two. The first pose is a girl sitting on a stool, the second is the same pose but with drapery.

The blotches at the bottom are finger prints!

Reclining girl life drawing

Reclining girl life drawing

Medium: Black and white charcoal on light blue paper.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

I wish I had more time on this drawing because it's a bit rough.

Sleeping girl

Sleeping girl

Medium: Charcoal and white pencil on medium gray paper.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

I love reclining poses, particularly foreshortened ones!

Man leaning back

Man leaning back

Medium: Charcoal and white pencil on purple paper.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

Just a nice sketch on purple paper.