Today I experimented with going a little abstract and using pastels. I have used pastels in the pasts, but not in life drawing. The results were much better than expected. I even experimented with using a Sharpie with the pastels. Gonna do a bigger mix later. - DM
Today I adjusted my style by putting in the highlights first, and then adding shadow. It helped stupendously. - HL
Today I played with complementary colors to define shadows and highlights, and not just on white paper, but black paper. I used this to define muscles and build a story around the model. - JM
Today was a very big addition to my set of skills in which I fully took advantage of. Different colors set the mood for my drawings and really gave the figure depth in a way I couldn't achieve before using only black and white. I will continue to work with color media to better improve my ability to capture a correct human figure. - JT
I feel amazing after tonight's class. I've really grasped shading contours and even picked up more skills in perspective. Thank God. I was beginning to get frustrated that I wouldn't get better, ha ha. - AA
Challenge: Draw use warm and cool pastel colors on black paper.
Package of 11x17 black construction paper or better - black pastel paper
Package of good quality fine art pastels
Charcoal for deep black cast shadows on the less than pure black paper
Drawing on black paper with colors shift students' habits of adding dark to white paper in a way that is often insight inducing.
These students found increased story-telling power through color pastels on black paper.