The next two sessions are combined here, for the simple reason that we happened to get the same model. Right around this time I finally asked the organizers if they had something against men. I certainly haven’t minded the female models we’d had exclusively, but I’m doing this partially for my own continuing education so men are necessary. It was explained that they do use some male models but they either aren’t available for the evening drop-in sessions I go to, or have flaked, and that in general there are just fewer good male models in the area. Not willing to drop trou and get up on the podium myself, and content that it wasn’t some weird guys’ club after all (though women do attend to draw) I got back to work with another great model.
After using my brushpen for a few weeks and getting comfortable with the fast but careful block-in graphic-styled drawings I decided I had to move on with it. I wanted to try two things: I wanted to loosen up and try drawing in a sketchier style, and I wanted to try using it for a 20-minute pose to practice whatever shading techniques I might use. Though capable of finer lines, a brushpen is not a rapidograph, capable of the tiniest of marks. You also always get black when you apply it, unlike soft mediums like pencil and charcoal, where you can vary your pressure to produce light lines. And though this stuff may be elementary to some, as mentioned I’ve never been a pen-and-ink guy.
I pretty quickly turned to fast hatch work similar to what I actually do in pencil. I didn’t worry myself about the strokes being a little sloppy. I’m not entirely happy with the 20 minute effort, but it’s a start and an example of me not letting fear keep me from trying something.
I did switch back to pencil for another 20 minute and produced the following:
And lastly, the conte stick again: