Friday, February 4, 2011

Using Red Chalk on Tinted Paper Continued

In figure drawing class, with instructor Robert Liberace, we started a new pose. I have been experimenting with using terra cotta pencils on hand tinted paper. The paper is prepared with a mixture of watercolor and shellac, which allows for highlights to be erased out and gives a nice surface for layering the terra cotta. White highlights can also be added with a white pastel.

This technique is similar to the red chalk drawings created by Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael. The red chalk and tinted paper give the drawings a warm quality.

Last week I finished a long study with this technique and today I started a new study.

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Red chalk study by Marie Dauenheimer.

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Red chalk drawing, early phase, by Marie Dauenheimer.


  1. Will we be using toned paper for our red chalk studies? Or will it just be on regular drawing paper?

  2. Same question. I think the toned paper might be better to bring out values. but expensive =3