Hair texture

Forgot to post this one, from the week before last. Slow session, focusing on improving my brushwork. I tend to make hair very helmety, and our instructor is really phenomenal at painting in a, well, painterly fashion. So I watched her for a while and tried to capture some of that in the treatment of the hair.

Texturing hair
Texturing hair

Refining the highlights

Here I’ve begun to refine the highlights, using the additional elements of local color I finished up last week. The local color of the background showed how relatively dull the highlights on the face were, though the shadows aren’t too bad relative to the black shirt.

Highlights refinement
Highlights refinement

Local Color Lay-In, pt 2

Continuing the local color stage, adding hair, neck and lips. Then I put in the background and clothing to better gauge relative values. I’m going to rush the early and middle stages this semester because I want to spend some time learning glazing, which is a later step.

Local color lay-in 2
Local color lay-in 2

Oil Portraiture – Local Color Lay-In

Continuing with the variation on the theme for doing more refined work at the early stages, the local color lay-in this time is much more vibrant than the usual dead color we use. Part of this is the desire to get to later painting stage instruction, despite the time limitations of the class.

Model was running late, so only had around an hour and a half of sitting time, at least a half hour of which was mixing paint. So lots left unfinished, because of both less brush time and less mixing time (didn’t have time to whip up mixes for the hair or lips).

Local color lay-in
Local color lay-in

As always, we lose a bit of the drawing at this phase. Getting a little better at not completely wrecking it, though!

Oil Portraiture – Grisaille

This semester, rather than block in values in harsh extremes, we developed a grisaille. For this we used titanium white and raw umber, thinned with oil and gamsol.

Portrait WIP 3
Portrait WIP 3

Figure Drawing

We had the model from the portrait class in figure drawing last night.

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30 minute pose. Vine charcoal on drawing paper, 18×24

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20 minute pose. Vine and compressed charcoal on newsprint, 18×24.

Sketching in the Wild

Started a new thing today, something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. My inspiration is the legendary James Gurney. I spent my break period in the library cafe sketching a patron on her phone. About 10-15 minutes, graphite on sketch paper 5.5×8.5.

Woman on Phone
Woman on Phone

Figure Drawing

20 minute pose, charcoal on drawing paper 18×24.

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9/26/2017

Wasn’t able to finish this one, the left leg is mid-transition (the calf is still in the original position, shading is just a first pass). The right leg…newbie mistake of waterfall drawing – working down a figure from top to bottom (or side to side in this case). I spent so much time on the torso, I had to rush the legs. I had suggested the cloth while working the torso, and didn’t properly draw in the leg in schematic beforehand, just drew it off the end of the cloth…a few inches too high.