One figure, 4 ways

Figure drawing sessions usually start with quick 1 minute poses, then 5 minute ones, then 15, and finally one long pose for the rest of the session, broken up into 20 minute segments.

Somedays, I just don’t have the patience to work on a long piece. On days like that, I use the 20 minute segments to do a bunch of different pieces. Here is one pose, done 4 ways. Some work, some don’t. But they’re all interesting to do.

figure_friday0Charcoal on newsprint
figure_friday0bCharcoal on newsprint
figure_friday1Graphite Pencil and watercolor wash
figure_friday1bCloseup, Graphite Pencil and watercolor wash
figure_friday2Watercolor and pastel on watercolor paper
figure_friday3Watersoluble pastel on charcoal paper (don’t ask me why!)

Do you have any interesting media you think I should play with? they need to be simple, portable and quick to work with. I’d love suggestions.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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14 Responses to One figure, 4 ways

  1. Carmela Rizzuto says:

    Hi Suhita–I really enjoy looking at your well-observed and superbly crafted sketches and drawings. I, too, enjoy using various media. One of my favorites is watercolor (wc) crayon, either on white or tinted papers. Sometimes I lay down a watercolor wash and draw on top with dry media. Sometimes I apply a tinted gesso/acrylic wash on watercolor paper and work over that with WC crayon, or Inktense pencils, ink wash etc. Each combination engages my creative spirit and challenges me. FYI: I host a sketching Meet-up for the South Bay and have posted links to your blog. So you may have seen an uptick in viewers. You are welcome to join us.

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    • Thanks Carmela, will have to try the watercolor crayon. I didn’t know there was a sketch group here in the South Bay: I occasionally meet with a couple of sketchers, I will try and make it to one of your meetings.


  2. Susan Wilson says:

    Your work is such an inspiration. I WILL get to the figure drawing class to day! And I’ll experiment with all the media you have used in your drawings.


  3. Stu-ttg-art says:

    Hi Suhita!
    Just back from my Life Class.
    Would like to hear your (or your readers’) thoughts on my attempts:
    I enjoy your blog immensely and have mentioned it once or twice on my site.
    Greetings from Germany,


  4. miatagrrl says:

    These are so beautiful, Suhita! I usually break up longer poses into several sketches, too! How about waterbrushes filled with ink? I used to use them mainly for quick shading (grey ink), but now I also put bright colors in them too. I love using them at life drawing.



  5. Flop says:

    I used to love using charcoal and watercolor.


  6. Margaret Hunt says:

    Caran d’arches neocolor ii watercolor crayons. Water soluble. Make some
    Gorgeous runny colors. I like to draw with them then spray with a fine misting spray bottle. Let the fun begin. Then I draw some more. Ps I use watercolor paper when I do this.


  7. Elaine Pang says:

    Sometimes for super portability I bring only 3 colors (either ink or wc pencil, plus waterbrush). The limited palette forces me to compose in a different way.

    It would interest me to see what you would do with oil pastels and watercolor as a combo!


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