In this workshop we will work from a live model and study how to create form and beautiful marks with the conte or hard pastel. The goal is to see the head as a solid, three dimensional object in space and to understand how to choose the right information to convey this form. We will learn how to make decisions that imply form from the myriad of choices possible. When the form is understood, the artist can make the subtle choices that convey the individual sitter. This practice is about knowing which marks to make to create the forms we are seeing what to leave off. We will explore the wide variety of marks possible with the hard pastel or conte; a well-placed smudge, a flat plane or a precise fine line.
I will do several demos, draw on your paper if ok, have some handouts and lecture some. The poses will mostly be 25 minutes and some 40 or 50 min. max. This is not for one finished piece but to practice a way of seeing form.
Materials to bring: A $30 model fee is due the first morning of class.
I use white sketch paper (14 x 17) but try different paper surfaces to see how the conte or charcoal responds. Conte sticks and pencils are great. Faber-Castel makes a good hard pastel in a brownish color. Nu Pastel has good browns, various charcoals, vine and block.
Hope to see you there. David Riedel