Unfinished Sleeping Venus

My wife asked me if I could make a drawing over the 100x75cm canvas we have in the living room.

She wanted an unfinished slightly distorted nude woman. First we applied layers of gesso mixed with Umber acrylic ink from Liquitex and created a very textured look for the base. Then I made a quick sketch with graphite pencils from Daler Rowney and finally I drew the woman with Rembrandt soft pastel sticks.

Autoportrait I

This is my first self-portrait. I have started with a little study and have decided to move the hair bun at the back for the painting.

The drawing has been made with Liquitex Raw Umber acrylic ink in water to stain the paper, graphite and charcoal pencils from Daler Rowney and for the highlights General's White charcoal pencil.

For the oil painting I was using Winsor & Newton colour and refined linseed oil on a 30x40cm triple primed cotton canvas.

Drawing of Hercules

This is a drawing originally made by Oleg Eldeukov, it is of a statue of the head of Hercules. It was done with graphite from Daler Rowney and I added a bit of color with STABILO CarbOthello Pastel Pencils. The paper was stained with Liquitex Raw Umber acrylic ink in water.

Femme couchée nue

Here is the second study of François Boucher’s nude women drawings. This time I stained the paper with some Raw Umber acrylic ink from Liquitex diluted in water. The drawing is made with graphite and sanguine pencils from Daler Rowney and for the highlights General's White charcoal pencil.

Femme assise nue

This is the first of several studies of François Boucher’s nude women drawings. I used a Rembrandt Peach soft pastel stick framed by masking tape, graphite and sanguine pencils from Daler Rowney and for the highlights General's White charcoal pencil.

Femme nue de dos

Here is a quick study of the back of a nude woman. It was a good subject and lighting to practice volume and crosshatching. For it I have used Daler Rowney’s Artists Sketching and Graphic Pencils and have stained the paper with a Rembrandt Peach soft pastel stick. The highlights have been made with the Faber Castell putty eraser.

Cheval Tête baissée

Here is a quick study of a horse with his head down. This drawing has been made with charcoal pieces and white pastel sticks on the amazing Hahnemuhle Ingres Pastel Paper.

Une Poire

Here is a pear from a series of pastels, I used Mungyo sticks on Winsor & Newton pastel paper. This still life intent was mainly to practice lighting and heavy contrast.

Un Rouge-gorge

I love birds and especially Robin Red Breasts, we can see and hear them sing in our garden so I had to draw one. For this I used Mungyo sticks and Derwent pastel pencils on Winsor & Newton pastel paper.