Value massing

9-21-16-1

18×24 willow charcoal and soft charcoal pencil on Strathmore 400

Attempting to block in the big dark shapes with the edge of the charcoal, then cut back in to  find the drawing.

Blockhead

11-17-2013Erin-headszd

The construction of a head or body begins with basic block build-up, then establishment a combination of enclosed shapes within those blocks as planes of light and planes of shadow. Then I find the edge of the shapes but I don’t feel the necessity to refine or even stay within these edges. I just need to know where they are.

Nothing more. I don’t try to draw an eye or a nose.

Siren

2-22-2013-tonedszd

 

I have not been to a life drawing session in over 1 year. Thats a long time for me. I heard that Erin was modeling at Vinnie’s workshop at FSCJ so I packed up the kit and when I was done remembered why I do this. Because it’s just a fulfilling and productive activity. The people there are dedicated and great, the model Erin is beautiful and a real pro. These are my people. It does not matter that I can’t make a living at this, it brings me joy. I think I’ll go again next week.