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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Portrait Drawings From Recent Wed. Evening Sessions

"JOHN, Study #1",  15" x 17", carbon pencil and pastel on Mi Teintes paper
"JOHN, Study #2",  19" x 16", carbon pencil on paper
"SELENA" (detail), 17 1/2" x 14 1/2", carbon pencil on paper
"CHARLIE" (detail), 22 1/2" x 19", pastel pencil and pastel on Mi Teintes paper

This week I'm beginning a color pastel of Peggy and Marcelo, and Kat and Dick have chosen sketch #2 (see below), so I am really looking forward to starting their portrait soon too!

Two miniature portraits will post later this week, but here is a selection of some of my favorite drawings from recent Wed. Eve. Alumni Drawing sessions.  Several of these are scanned details for now until I have a more satisfying shot of the whole image .

Our models continue to be so wonderful! --- a different person each week, alternating men and women.  In Study #1 of John, I tried to convey his gentle side, and in Study #2, his strength.  With these qualities, I can envision him as John the Baptist.  Third is my favorite pose by Selena.  And Charlie held this truly challenging pose with raised arms for 40 minutes and only one break in the middle - Whew!


  1. These are fabulous Mona - I must say I especially love the life drawings done with black and white on the beige paper - so effective, and wonderful drawings!!! :)

  2. Thanks so much Karen, it's good to have some feedback on these. I agree from the standpoint of the process, too, that it's fun to be able to work with highlights as well as shadows, with paper or board serving as a middle ground. At times it gets me paying better attention to the whole range of light to dark. I have one more piece of gray Mi Teintes for tonight's session, but I must get some more.