September Vincents Life Drawing

I’m currently sitting at a desk in Wellington library. There is drips of water on the glass in front of me. It was raining, but it’s calmed now.

The internet at the place I’m staying has been cut off but I can access free wifi at the library. It’s rather great.

Here are my drawings from Vincents on Thursday night. I had basic materials – clutch pencil (HB), and several colored pencils – all Derwent. Yellow Oche, Red, and two blues.

It had been several months since I’d been into Vincents. The model was an older Female. I never caught her name – I’ve drawn her before though. She’s an excellent model – stays still and gives a range of interesting poses.

I didn’t experiment or change my approach with these drawings. Starting with the HB pencil and creating the figure out of lines. If I had time I would go in with some basic tone – looking for those darks. Vincents isn’t the best for lighting. 
More works. I didn’t enjoy the final pose so worked though some of these earlier poses during the time – shading in areas of interest – attempting to separate the figures from the background.

10 min pose. This was my favorite pose of the night. Having a large amount of information to work from is handy, especially as I work with longer poses. I focused on the background as well – capturing the boxes and chair around her. This is a carry on of the street drawings I’ve been working towards.

Someone said to me it looks like stars and a moon in the background – and the model is looking out a window into the night sky. These were 10 min poses – focusing mostly on the portrait and upper body.

I’m not sure if I’ll return to Levin on Monday or wait stay for longer - I would love to make it to Vincents again on Tuesday. Reminds me – must sign up to Roger Figure block week next term.

Vincents Life Drawing – Lee Thursday

The week of Vincents of life drawing is over. I won’t make it next week due to having plently of  life drawing classes at TLC to attend. My flatmate Kunal attended Vincents with me this week. It was the 2nd time he had done life drawing.

Had Lee for a model. I think it was the first time she had modeled for Vincents – her confidence levels seemed low compared to drawing her at TLC. But still, I enjoyed drawing her.

I worked from a sketch pad 16cm by 16cm. Sennellier. The paper had a slight texture and off white look. It holds pencil pigment nicely.

Two minute poses. These are all standing – many very similar. Fine though. I started color in one drawing, but two mintues isn’t long to capture much tone.

Leg studies. Focus like always is looking for those lights in darks in order to show the shape of the model. I quite like these. Decent for 5 min drawings.

A portrait. It’s always a good idea to work on a portrait regularly to keep those skills up :D

I’ve been enjoying this simple color scheme. Yellow for light, red for dark, and blue for negative space.

Normally on a Thursday Vincents has one forty minute pose. People wanted two twenty like Tuesdays – so it was decided. Two twentys.

I spent ten mins drawing the model in this and the rest of the time working with the background and such. Great to do when you lose interest in the pose.

Thanks Lee for the wonderful modeling. And Kunal for coming along


Vincents Tuesday April

Drawings from Vincents. I went in with a a3 visual diary and pencil. And, colored pencils. Stuck with primary - yellow, red, and two blues. The yellow and red was used mostly on the model – yellow for light, red for darks. Blue for the negative space.

I hadn’t been since some point last term. It was great to see people – Phillip was there who I hadnt seen since some point last year. Freeman White also made it.

I had drawn the model before – can’t remember her name. She has a similar look to Helena Bonham Carter. Always enjoy drawing her.

These are five two minute poses. Kept with HB pencil and strong straight lines. Black colored pencil would of worked well and stood out better.

I feel I had a stronger knowledge of the 3d form after the time spent working with Blender.

The 5 min poses. Color added to the figure – yellow and red. Blue is used for negative areas. This allows for clear contrast. I started with drawing a nipple and working out from there. Helps with getting everything looking right. I guess that’s why I find drawing females easier – boobs are great reference for measuring, guys – the information isn’t there. Though guys do have some advantages – like facial hair!

All these were similar standing poses. Standing is one of my favourite as it gives me a great view of the overall model.

Onto 10 mins…

I switched colors. Gave Phillip several of my colored pencils to experiment with. He normally works just with pencil. I can’t do that – color is important for me. Especially in longer poses. Grey was used in several of these works.

In the middle pose the model posed by lying back on the chair. This causes an interesting shape – partially with creating a flat look in the breasts. Basically looking from beneath.

Final 20 mins. I’m especially happy with these and feel I’ve managed to capture the model well.

Has my life drawing improved during the break? I’d like to think so. I’ll likely make it to Vincents again tomorrow. Unlikely to attend next weeks as TLC has life drawing on Monday and Friday.

YAY life drawing.


Vincents Negative Space

Here’s some life drawing from last weeks Vincents class. I attended both Tuesday and Thursday, plus I made it this week (Tuesday – not sure if I will go  Thursday). Model on Friday so I think 14 hours is enough.

I can’t remember the model’s name – I’ve drawn her before.. Need to remember names as I hate writing these posts referring as model or them. I talked to her after class quickly – she had attended TLC years ago when it was in Island Bay

 A page of quicker poses. They start with 2 min poses. I like this length to begin with as it gives enough time to study an area and get some information down without having the problems of  ’oh crap, hate this long pose, nothing to draw’.  Out of these drawings I like the breast on the right. The tone is working well.  I’ve put much study into the torso. Those crayon studies are paying off! Getting to torso correct makes measuring the limbs easier. Starting from the nipple and work out – this is especially easy on female (I find it easier to draw the female figure over male, but enjoy drawing both equally).  On certain poses the shadow below the breast is helpful for measuring – this leads into the armpit and down to the bellybutton. It’s all about connecting that tone together to create one large mass of tone. That’s how I like to look at life drawing.

Portraits. These are on the verge of anime. They are certainly styled.  That’s ok though, I am still focus on looking at the model and capturing whats there. By creating a more stylized look I am morphing it into how I see it. This goes against the last paragraph. I’d like to experiment with merging a stylized look with classical studies.

Color pencil. Recently discussed negative space with my flatmate. I talked about the advantages of using negative spare around the model to measure the model. Keep referring back to the model. This helps with creating a setting for the model – rather than blank space.

Longer pose. This style is certainly a favorite of mine and I’d like to develop it further.  Majority of the model captured – plus I used negative space to measure distances. I was happy that I got it mostly correct – except for the head.

Need more technical feedback about my life drawings.

Promarker Vincents Thursday

I made it agian to Vincents this week. Another Female model – and someone I hadn’t drawn.

I used 5 promarkers. The colors are – Sandstone, Raw Sienna (a fav), Cocoa, Burnt Sienna, and Warm Grey. All colors have a brown/offwhite feel. Lots of yellow – lacking in blue.

Thursday had been a Marc Hill TLC trip to Wellington – I’ll post about the day later. For now here’s the drawings I did at Vincents:

I arrived slightly late for Vincents, they had already started the first pose. The promarkers are two sided so I started with the point end – the other a chisel (best for creating larger areas of color). I normally perfer chisel as it covers a larger areas. Nothing very special about this piece. It’s just a two min warmup.

The legs on the the left is one of my favorite drawings I did that night. I had been drawing all day so wasn’t in the best mindset. The Promarkers are hard to get my head around – they are going to take lots of pratice. Watercolor techniques are important with them.

I wasn’t in the best posision for drawing the model (around the side rather then front) and this caused several back shots or poses where I would get minimal model because it was hidden behind a chair. I could of moved but the class was full so drew a portrait of someone else drawing. ha. I loved the models hair. It was very shot and straight – much like the drawing on the left. This caused some cool effects – like this:

Portrait studies. I’m familar with the portrait so a good place to start when experimenting with new media. I love the drawing on the left – the models hair reminded me of a male character from Final Fantasy. Super cool. Exploring areas of tone further in the right portrait.

The final. 40 min pose. This didn’t take 40 mins – I ended up finishing early and coloring in other areas of my book. I’m really happy with this. I’ve managed to capture the model with several different colors. It hasn’t turned into a messs.

Landscape and portrait pro marker works will be uploaded this weekend. I will also be drawing at the Island Bay festival if you are in the Wellington area and want to stop by. I’ll draw your portrait.


Panic Life Paint

Today I arrived back in Wellington. I attended Vincents. It was a female model – Lyn. Afterwards I found out that she was the mother of Pri – a girl who I went to TLC with.

I painted - Gouache

Photo of new watercolor brush – it’s a bright. And the gouache. Primary Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, and Burnt Sienna. 25ml tubes, costing 12 dollars each. These will last and I look forward to creating works with them.

Here’s the first poses layed. These poses were 2 mins, standing. I changed color for each pose. This reminds me of the life acrylic painting. I was treating the acrylic paint very much like watercolor – think washes – allowing it to drip. Similar properties. The opaite nature of gouache will make it a interesting study.

Portraits. These two were 5 min poses. I like that painting is quick – unlike colored pencil where it takes a long time to cover a distance – painting is quick. Strong straight lines created – especially on the leg. I do like those lines.

A thumb study. I attempted blind painting – not looking at the painting paper but focused on the model. I’m going to practice this more with my life drawing and painting. I’m getting better at drawing/painting with my right hand so will practice blind more as well

Looks a bit messy. Abstract painting anyone? This was done blind.

Some interesting lines created here. I like the leg coming down – and the bend leg in front. This gouache is working for me.

A longer pose. One of my favorite works of the night. Beginning to mix colors – beautiful green created. You can never not have enough blues. The negative space helps create a setting for the model. With the quick spread of the paint this is easy to create.

Smile! Here I’ve warmed up and started to create finished works. This work is hanging on my wall. Wonderful from a distance. The figure is subtle the negative space (blue) creates a interesting shape that leads your eye around the piece. I like how it’s cut into several different shapes – build from triangles. This is why I like flat brushes – creates a sharp and defining edge.

A sitting pose. Back facing me. This was the first time I had painted/drawn Lyn so was very refreshing. It’s what I enjoy about Vincents – a range in models.

My favorite pose of the night. Lyn managed to hold this upside down pose for 10 mins. Very impressive.


I also painted landscapes today that I will upload in a future post.