Pastel study drawing from a model

Posted: August 19, 2011 in art,John_Dyess, Paintings by John Dyess, Pastel Painting
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detail of a pastel study of a model named Robin

Pastel study of a model named Robin

I returned to a drawing class which is held at the St.Louis Artist’s Guild on Thursday evening, several months ago. A model is hired and local artists,men and women pay a fee to draw or paint from a model,mostly nude studies ,but also clothed models. I hadn’t drawn in this class for about 15 years,which is sad because I and two other artists,Richard Bernal and Jason Dowd started this class about 20 years ago. I enjoy the class and I think it is important to draw from life. This study is drawn with Alphcolor,Weber Costello Pastels which I have owned for about 40 years. They are rectangle in shape about 2.75 inches long by 3 eights of an inch in diameter. I usually work on Canson paper of various colors. I start by blocking in large colored shapes and then begin to refine these shapes.The paper is 19.5″wide by 24.5″high. The class goes from 6:30 until 9:30 with about 20 minute poses and five to ten minute breaks for the model.

  1. Devoree says:

    This is beautiful. Do you complete your drawing within the class time or do finishing touches later?

    • johndyess says:

      Devoree, Most of the time just during class. Sometimes I take a photo of the model if she or he is ok with that and finish at home using the photo reference.

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