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.
Red chalk study by Marie Dauenheimer.
Red chalk drawing, early phase, by Marie Dauenheimer.