9/1/15: Charcoal Portrait Study

1-2hour, faces, Portrait


Reference: Google images for “interesting faces”, ~2hr

I saw a video where vine charcoal was smeared across the face, then the highlights were produced with erasing. I only have compressed charcoal and I doubt it spread out as well, but it worked somewhat. Most of the time was spent trying to map the face in as accurate as possible. Still have a lot of work to do with this… Fun study!

8/6/2015: 1 and 5 Min Poses, “Painting in the Pose”

10-30min, female, lifedrawing, nude

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5 Minute poses.

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1, 2 Min Poses.

Reference: Master’s Academy YouTube sessions (mix); ~20min

This is a quick post to show “painting in” a figure with the broad side of a pencil. It’s faster, really good at helping to establish values, and seems to help mass in the figure with a perspective on shadow masses, rather than line. It may seem like a downgrade in quality, but it teaches how to let go of trying to get tight detail with a fine line as seen in a lot of YouTube lessons. Also, this brushstroke style of using the pencil is easy to erase when needed if you go back to fill in tight detail. Hope it helps!

5/23/15: Female Figure in Nature, Terra Cotta Study

3-5 hour, female, nature, nude

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Reference: NakedAspirations.com  (warning pornographic), ~5hr

Today I bought a Prismacolor Premier “Terra Cotta” colored pencil (PC944) from Hobby Lobby and love it! I had trouble with the glare of graphite in the last session, but this seems to be a great substitute. It stays relatively sharp, has a buttery smooth feel and can darken nicely when I really press in. I’m slowly moving towards figures in nature. There are very few decent artistic photos of models in nature not pornographic. Unfortunately, the reference is mostly that, however, there are a few good images in there. So just keep the mental filters on and search for “art” photos if you dare.

Here’s the progression shot:

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5/23/15: Female Figure Study w/ Dark Background

3-5 hour, female, lifedrawing, nude

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Reference: Figures & Gesture Drawings, ~3hrs

Today I wanted to try a dark background just for kicks since a lot of photography is done this way. I’m not sold on it just yet. Seems almost gawdy at the moment, but maybe it’ll look better tomorrow. It does help distinguish her figure from across the room and bring out the bold, confident attitude of her pose. Next time I’ll try for the “less is more” style, possibly leaving some of the figure in just the line drawing while the area of focus is a more finished look. I’ve seen many stunning figure drawing done like this.

Here’s the progression picture:

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5/16/15: Facial Expression Studies using Loomis’ Methods

30-60min, faces

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Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawings (Faces), ~40min

This was a quick study after reading the first few pages of Andrew Loomis’ book “Faces and Hands”.  I’m new to learning other’s methods, but this book is easy to read and understand so far. It’s so hard to get the nose, eyes etc. in the right places, but this clears it up for the most part. Hopefully this will help me get some quick, recognizable portraits of people I meet.

5/13/15: Female Figure Study, Clean Compostion

3-5 hour, female, lifedrawing, nude

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Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawings, ~3hr

Tonight’s figure study was more about clean composition and shading than emotion. After viewing Jeremy Lipking’s nude paintings, his simplicity in design was inspiring. If you haven’t seen his works, they are amazing. Here’s his gallery link.   I used white and dark charcoal over graphite.

Here’s my warm ups between 1-5min.

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