Dancer #04

Charcoal and conte stick on tan, textured pastel paper, 12 x18

Charcoal and conte stick on tan, textured pastel paper, 12 x 18

Here is another drawing that I made when a model and I sat and worked for a couple of hours, he posing and me working in charcoal and conté stick. It is on dark brown, laid pastel paper. It is one of those drawings that seem to take on a life of its own. He was getting tired and so was I. And, on top of that, the studio was getting chilly. So, I went as quickly as I could so he could stop and get warm. I am not sure why this one went the way it did. It got away from me and I just let the drawing take over, using the flat side of a fat stick of charcoal. Later on, I went over it with conté and a compressed charcoal stick before giving it a shot of fix. The next day, I went over it again and its anguish got more definite. I ended up surprised at how emotional the drawing became. Oddly, the next drawing (to be posted later) was highly planned and more intellectual than emotional.


About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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