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Drawing in the Dark

February 25, 2009

At our last life drawing group, the model suggested we draw by candlelight.  This didn’t work out all that well as we could barely see him, so we added one light.  Still, I was sort of grumpy the whole time because I could barely see what I was doing, and I felt it wasn’t going well.  Coincidentally, I had had the idea of pre-painting my paper in gouache that afternoon and working in charcoal and white conte crayon, which was perfect for this type of exercise.

What a surprise when I looked at my drawings a couple of days later and they weren’t as bad as I had remembered them.

Anyway, it’s a good exercise for looking at shadows.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2009 12:56 pm

    Oooh what an interesting exercise, love that second one!

  2. February 25, 2009 2:17 pm

    How serendipitous–the backgrounds are wonderful, and these drawings are great, so moody … The light on the side of the belly in the second one is great!

  3. February 25, 2009 3:13 pm

    What an interesting way to do this with all those shadows and lights. It’s great!

  4. February 25, 2009 5:10 pm

    a really interesting exercise and successful too :>)

  5. February 26, 2009 3:39 pm

    this happened to me last friday….my eyes hurt so bad after a bit but I managed to work through the session. These are really nice Casey

  6. February 28, 2009 1:20 am

    Hi Casey, Great gestures! Wonderful, expressive lights too.

  7. February 28, 2009 2:34 am

    What a great exercise! You sure did well with it, Casey–these are beautiful.

  8. March 1, 2009 3:43 pm

    Love the idea and love the results! Good work, Casey!

  9. Wendy Shortland permalink
    March 3, 2009 9:41 am

    Oh they are terrific. I really love th one on blue. On ALL of them I really like the way the white highlights show up the mark-making involved.

  10. March 5, 2009 2:05 pm

    what beautiful sketches you did! –the candle light session was a challenge I’m sure.

  11. March 6, 2009 8:40 pm

    Casey- I love these!

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