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.
Venetian Red and White Pastel on Toned Canson Paper 9×12″
Fast lines or plane lines. These lines which escape the subject and go into the ground of the drawing do some interesting work for you.
I didn’t invent this technique, but I was not taught it either. I observed it in auto concept drawings. It seemed like it was a way to accentuate a gentle curve and also to establish a plane in a 2-D rendering. They work well in instances like this model’s hat, to help suggest it is foreshortened, round and flat. It also helps establish that the lines on a given curved surface represent an edge of an object.
What I am shooting for is a look like the figure is emerging from shadow, as if emerging from tannic swamp water. No meaning just academic figure work rising from the depth.
This latest test is from a Sunday session with Rembrandt chalk pastels and conte black on toned Canson paper. Then in photoshop painting an oily wet brushy over the highlights and then burn tool the shadows about 70% opacity. I’m pretty happy with the results. I want to get a system going with real paint soon.
If I could get to the modeling I need with just the line work I would stick with that because I like my line quality. However I am not able to to get the figure to emerge from the nothingness without color. I want it to look like the the form is under water.
I am glad its not so cold here yet, but it is getting cold. Going up to Virginia for Thanksgiving and I hope to see some snow.