October 29, 2021 at 3:55 pm #1883618New Masters AcademyKeymasterNo badges. No points.
In this lesson with instructor George Pratt, you will learn to create figure drawings using light pastels on toned paper. George will demonstrate how he utilizes the tones of the paper as the dark values and draws only the lights of the figures. You will practice not copying the references yet creating drawings with good designs of shapes and gestures.
This lesson belongs to the course Pastel Figure Drawing. In this 5-week course, George Pratt will teach you how to draw the figure with pastels. You will be introduced to the importance of silhouette and visual landmarks while looking at examples of pastel artworks by the instructor. George will show you his unique approach to gesture drawing. You will learn how to capture the spirit of the poses using light, dark, and colored pastels on toned papers. After this course, you will be able to create drawings with only big shapes yet still carry excellent rhythms and arrangements.
Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.November 3, 2021 at 11:54 am #1907694marinosParticipant
I’m O K with the contour/gesture portion of the program but I’m having issues seeing how the nupastel figure shaping is achieved, could you demonstrate the line quality and pressure and how its achieved…….I’m experiencing just the same line no matter how I hold the pastel in my hand.November 12, 2021 at 11:47 am #1926014Steve McHaleParticipant
I would like to see the camera placed closer to the NuPastel at key moments, for example, when George is doing interesting detail work. I get that it is all about the pressure, but he has some other clever approaches going on and we aren’t fully seeing it.November 15, 2021 at 10:37 am #1932325Daniel DaigleKeymasterNo badges. No points.
Hi Steve, Thank you for the feedback. I forwarded this to my team 🙂November 21, 2021 at 10:42 am #1949501Leha CarpenterParticipantNo badges. No points.
From what I can see, he puts the main pressure on the left if looking for a band of color that is hard on the left and softer on the right. And then he flips the pressure to the right to create a band that is hard on the right and softer on the left. The best way to understand this is to do the first exercise in the series, where he has you play with the pastels and attempt to create a range of line variation, but basically, it’s all about directionally leaning into one or the other edge of the chalk.November 21, 2021 at 10:54 am #1949545Leha CarpenterParticipantNo badges. No points.
Please forgive my “Photoshop finger painting,” but here is the basic idea. You get a hard line on the side you lean into, while applying general pressure on the “diamond,” as he calls it. The middle of the chalk will produce a softer gradation when you lean towards the outer part of the edge, and to flip the result, you just lean the other way.
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