This exercise looked at tonal values. Each pose was 10 minutes long. I found it difficult to do this exercise in the life drawing sessions I attend as the lighting isn’t great for strong tonal contrasts. I decided to try the Croquis Cafe on YouTube.
I found it hard to get the level of tonal depth I saw in the time frame of a 10 minute pose. I moved from pencil to drawing pen then to oiled charcoal which gave me the dark tones I wanted. I developed a curvier shading style which helped convey the shape of the body. For some of the drawings I used pre-prepared pages painted with white emulsion with some pastel or pencil underdrawing. This created some interesting effects. I especially liked the combination of oiled charcoal and sgraffitto in fig. 4 and also the subtle tinted background in fig. 3. The emulsion seemed to work better with ink and oiled charcoal than pencil.
I think figures 3 & 4 best convey a sense of the pose while also looking at form through tone. Fig. 2 captures the proportions but doesn’t have quite enough tonal contrast.
During the drawing sessions I felt frustrated that I often ended up with a small drawing on a large page and made an effort to draw large. I do find the small figure marooned on the page in Fig. 5 & 7 gives a feeling of vulnerability which is interesting.