Thinking ahead to future projects, I have begun making studies of drapery. This drawing above is the largest one of a group. It measures 35 x 23.5 inches. I drew it using oil pastels on a dark paper. Below is another earlier iteration.
I got an inexpensive garment rack on wheels that holds the drapery so I can move it anywhere in the room that I like and can turn it around. The heavy cloth has beautiful patterns on each side so it makes you want to draw both sides, first one then the other. The drawing above is made using traditional pastel on a sanded paper. It measures 24 x 15.5 inches. Layers of colors are stacked up upon each other. I noticed when I was drawing that the folds of the cloth remind me of the ridges of the seashell.
The two pastel drawings below are both drawn using oil pastels. To the far right is a photo of the cloth.
I lose my bearings drawing the cloth. I get tangled inside the folds, and sometimes I have to count to keep track of the different paths. Sometimes the tangle grows large and the drawing diverges from the cloth itself, but I just keep drawing. I learn the cloth. I like learning a motif.
The drapery is my new toy and a new fascination. I have wanted to begin while the idea of it is still new, and I have the other projects calling me too. I have reorganized the room again to make transitions from one picture to another easier.