Drawing Life: Dan and Andrea / by Melissa Carmon

Dan is a Geologist  (And Secretly, A Pro Violinist), 20-minute live drawing, 18"x24"

Dan is a Geologist  (And Secretly, A Pro Violinist), 20-minute live drawing, 18"x24"

With live drawing you are on the clock, and every stroke counts.  Every mark either gets closer to the form or, like a bad subterranean guide, leads you farther from your destination, and makes it more difficult to find your way back.   

Last week, I drew Dan and his wife, Andrea.  As many of you know, I nearly became a geologist at one point in life, so it was interesting to hear from a working geologist.  

 

Andrea, 30-minute live drawing, 18 x 24

Andrea, 30-minute live drawing, 18 x 24

Notes on technique:  I decided to use both graphite and Conté crayon for Andrea's portrait, which is why it's a bit lighter overall in tone. It's an experimental effect, and one I might use again.  Personally, I love the matte finish of Conté, as opposed to the shine of graphite, but each has a different range of effects where it can really perform well.