Wet Gestures with Watercolor Crayons

1-minute gesture Yellow ochre and sepia watercolor crayon on manilla paper

I think I was introduced to watercolor crayons through Daniela Brambilla’s fantastic book Human Figure Drawing: Drawing Gestures, Postures and Movements. Influenced in large part by Kimon Nicolaides she encourages jumping into a wide range of materials when drawing. The watercolor crayon is a favorite of her’s as she recommends wetting a blunt tip and keeping a well sharpened one nearby, switching between the two.

I got carried away during this warmup of short poses removing the wrappers off of my crayons and letting one sit in water as I drew with the other. The result was messy, slippery and pretty liberating.

Especially for warming up I like going to less used, unexpected and chaotic media when drawing quick gestures. My attitude and approach to these studies are in line with Nicolaides, Brambilla and Patricia Hannaway. Draw big, loose and through the figure focusing on what is happening in front of my eyes ignoring any and all specific contours.