Figure Drawing – charcoal and white chalk

Ellen – 25” x 19” – Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper

This is the last drawing from my winter term drawing class, taught by Robert Liberace. This drawing was completed over three classes, and each time I learned new nuances of drawing and rendering the human form.

Below is the conclusion of the first class. I used the gray paper as my light-midtone and really just laid in the form. Starting to add some highlights helped me discern values.

This is where I ended up at the end of the second class. I knew there were areas to work on and some areas still needed some figuring out. Ellen’s head really was a challenge, I drew and erased it at least eight times. Though all that drawing and erasing paid off because eventually I was able to get it sort of right…

This is a detail of the drawing at the end of the third class. As soon as I set up in the last class, I erased the facial features again, because I realized they were not correct. I worked to really define the shapes of the eye sockets, the nose, and mouth. I also continued to refine the shadow shapes and highlights of the form.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh Elizabeth, you did such a great work. Very good.

  • Posted March 14, 2009 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Ale thanks, it means a lot :-)

  • Posted March 14, 2009 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Wow, your drawing is just beautiful. Glad you are dedicating yourself to your art right now!

  • Posted March 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Paula, Next week is my last work week and I think this transition is really going to be a good experience. Thanks for the encouragement :-)

  • Posted March 20, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    you’re an excellent artist! great figure studies. i hope to show some of my art if i ever pick it up again..

  • Posted March 21, 2009 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Floreta thanks for the support. I am finding blogging to be a great way to share with others the work I create. It has been a great experience.

  • Posted July 16, 2009 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Class with Liberace! I’m jealous.
    This is a great drawing.

  • Posted July 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jala, Liberace is a good instructor and I have been learning a lot from him.

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