Bad drawings

Figure Study No. 54

I’m having a great time working on these 8″ x 10″ lithographic crayon drawings.  Each drawing takes only about 5 minutes to make, and I’m making so many of them so quickly that there’s no commitment and no pressure to make a “good” drawing.  Of course, this means that a lot of bad drawings are getting made; I only post one out of every four drawings since the others are no good.

Mostly what I’m trying to work out in these drawings is the direction of the “action marks”, the streaks of lithographic crayon that move across the figure and the page.  I’m trying to think about the essential gesture of the pose, where the pose might be headed, and how the “action marks” can help to emphasize that.

You can watch the video of this drawing above being made start to finish here.


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