Last night at TAC was raining. I had not drawn the model from life in over one year. I had lost interest really. I can draw the figure competently and I have a line quality that I am satisfied with but I did not know where else to go with this except paint, yet I enjoy drawing immensely and I am color blind. Also, I am so sick of Facebook with all the bickering that I am spending more time and energy with Instagram. The outreach is further and it is full of pleasant visual surprises without all the butthurt. Recently I came across Shibari artists or Kinbaku-Bi (depending on your affiliations), which I find delightful and erotic. It reminds me of a figure flying or a body sprawled out in death as there is a beauty in that pose as well (see Luc Sante’s book “Evidence”). I think I will start drawing from this ancient JAPANESE artform as inspiration for a series of drawings.
Sunday’s model was Scandinavian in ancestry. She had a high forehead and long neck. Her neck was not as long as the one I drew, I just wanted to accentuate it like one of the Russian Icon paintings of Madonna. I would like to experiment with elongating the entire figure as El Greco did. If I could just stop being afraid of the results of experimenting.
Vine Charcoal on Newsprint and Bond.
Cool thing about this charcoal is the tonal range you can get by manipulating the marks.
It does not stick to the newsprint very well so I tried conté and then changed paper on the profile.
14×17″ Charcoal from last night at the Art League
Very similar stages of completion but after a nights sleep and about 15 more minutes of work, the one on the right looks far better.
The one on the left is how I stopped with the model last night at 8pm.
I thought it was finished but when I looked this am with fresh eyes I saw some issues I needed to address.
- Jaw too low where it meets the chin, decrease the jowl and strengthen jaw line
- Too much highlight on cheek and forehead. Shade and tighten up/define highlights
- Eye too dark. Highlight and define.
- Separate head outline from background and darken head shadow on shoulder to make the head “pop out”.
Vine charcoal and conte B on newsprint from the church of naked ladies.
Drawing slowly and deliberately massing values. 25 min each.
12×14-Pastel on Srath 400, 1.5hrs
The ipad is a good tool for getting your 8 year old daughter to sit still for a portrait.
18×24″ Pastel on newsprint. I’d prefer to be painting but anything which helps me make decisions with color is adding up towards my goals.
My problem with pastels has been to think of it as drawing instead of as painting.
That’s this model’s name. He’s got 5 ink marks on his left cheek.
Vine Charcoal on 14×17 Strathmore 400.2 hours
Finally learning how to blend the value masses with charcoal but I dont think this is the best paper for it.
…from the church of the Naked.
One of my favorite things is to a attend a live model workshop with other artists on Sunday afternoon. I have been doing it regularly since 1994.
This painting study is from Sunday. 9×12 oil on canvass board using a Zorn color palette I premixed for use in a self-portrait the day before. (no pun intended).
More on the Zorn palette in the next post.
18×24 willow charcoal and soft charcoal pencil on Strathmore 400
Attempting to block in the big dark shapes with the edge of the charcoal, then cut back in to find the drawing.