Back to Basics

Kevin sketch

Lilibeth André, Kevin, graphite, 12x9

With the start of the new year I decided to get back to basics. So I grabbed my bright pink bag and rejoined my Thursday night studio group, not with my oils travel box but with sketch material in tow. I vowed to do more sketching each week this year.

With an excellent model I settled in a chair and began to sketch Kevin on my 12×9 sketch pad. I used a 6B pencil and played with the form.

We sat quietly enjoying the classical music in the background. The timer went off and one of our group fans walked in with some snacks.

“It’s so strange to see you sitting down!” she said.

Yes, I like to paint standing at the easel but today, I was sketching and made use of one of the studio chairs. It’s funny, sometimes we just do our thing and not realize what we’re doing. I guess I could also sketch standing up but sitting down I can also get closer to the model without blocking my fellow studio mates.

Kevin detail

Lilibeth André, Kevin, detail

A couple of the artists joked with the young model. We remind models they must wear the same outfit for all the sittings and not change their hair too much. Kevin confessed he’d gotten his hair cut and didn’t realize what he was doing until he heard the clipping. Then earlier in the evening dashed out of the house and went back to grab a tie. He just grabbed the pink one instead of the black one. So he was roasted for a few minutes but no real complaints from the peanut gallery. He is a very good model.

I have a detail view for you as well so you could get a closer look at the drawing. I finished the drawing with a HB pencil and called it a night.



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