A Baby Boomer With Red Stripes

12 Dec

Mixed media portrait.


I like to prepare paper to draw on because white paper can be very inhibiting and slapping some bits of paper over it sort of ‘breaks the duck’ and kickstarts the creative process. Sometimes the altered surface leads me in a completely different direction with my drawing. My comfort zone is Faber Castell Pitt pens but I’m more likely to use different media for drawing if I prep the paper first.

The drawing is done on a piece of Somerset 250gsm, it’s around 40 x 25 cms and was prepared with a red handmade Indian paper. I used conte crayon in black, white and sanguine.

In this piece, I got carried away with patterning which was great fun. Our model is a ‘baby boomer’ who has been modelling for our life drawing group for many years, a seasoned pro. I like drawing older models; I like the character that age and experience brings to a face and body.


4 Responses to “A Baby Boomer With Red Stripes”

  1. nakedcarlyart December 14, 2011 at 11:29 #

    Very well done, the red elements are perfect.

  2. pointsthruprose December 13, 2011 at 21:59 #

    This is great,it’s almost like you can see into his mind.

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