Drawing with… the Draped Figure: Angels and Demons


This session of Drawing with… is dedicated to the draped figure, but not just any figure. For this session, I searched in Heaven and Earth, or better, Heaven and Hell.

The reference images I picked to choose from for this session, are two beautiful drawings of angels in charcoal and chalk on toned paper, one by Carracci and one by Pontormo, and a detail from a Luca Signorelli fresco that can be found in Orvieto’s Cathedral, and depicts the Devil and the Antichrist, quite a couple!

I was always fascinated by the clever compositional device that Signorelli employed to unify these two entities of evil: whose arm is that? The devil’s? the Antichrist? Do they share that arm? This work is a fresco painting but we will be using graphite to create a monochromatic study or colored pencils to recreate this powerful detail in color.


  • Graphite pencils in HB- B gradation
  • Colored pencils in red, brown,black, yellow ochre, white
  • A couple of sheets of Gray or tan toned paper,
  • charcoal in sticks (Nitram is an excellent product) and pencils, in medium and soft gradations,
  • white chalk in pencil or sticks,
  • kneaded eraser,
  • sand paper to sharpen the charcoal, that’s it!

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.