I draw faces with a pen.
It helps me get ready for the life class. I like scribbling and trying to create the face evocatively, pulling it out of the darks. I love making the dark areas using hatching lines. I love the deep blue of the bic cristal pen’s ink and the way that you can smudge it subtly with a paper towel.
Then there’s oil pastel. Drawing with oil pastel helps me even more directly, helps me think about how I’ll use color in the life class. Copying the Victorian photos using fauvist colors provides practice thinking about color as a form of invention. And it’s nearer to what I do in the life class where I’m using dry pastel as my tool. The pen drawing above and the oil pastels below are more inventions based on Julia Margaret Cameron’s Pre-Raphaelite photographs.
These oil pastels are small drawings, on Canson mi-teinte pages measuring 9 x 12 inches.