Shakespeare in Charcoal

Had a plein air drawing lesson with my painting instructor today in Little Falls. Got a late start due to rain, had about an hour before the actors had to hit the stage for some Shakespeare. Love the scene they fell into.

Charcoal, 14×17

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Why I dislike Dropbox

I’ve used them since they were in beta for image hosting. They decided that they only want to do document sharing and not image hosting, so….all the images from my blog (and pretty much everywhere on the Internet I’ve posted for years) are now dead links.

Thanks, Dropbox. Glad I gave you years of positive word-of-mouth. Decorum dictates I edit out my actual feelings right now.

It’s such an entirely monumental task to rebuild this blog, I’m not sure I can do it. So many years of WIPs and finished stuff, going back to 2012, all done now. On the whim of an Internet company.

Tuesday Night Figure Drawing

20 minute pose, 18×24 charcoal on newsprint. I made some progress toward making the hair look better. Focusing on it as a mass, and even getting in some highlights on this one.

This model has a pretty intense shoulder girdle, there were several poses where it looked out of balance because slight movements really pushed one shoulder way up or down. Good clavicle practice, exceedingly pronounced, trying to make them look right without being too stark was a challenge.

Same model as the starkly-lit back shot from a couple weeks back.

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20 minute pose, 18×24 charcoal on bristol. I was not focused at all last night, and I drew a couple tough angles (I actually had to move to get this angle) because the class is still pretty full.

In addition to my first decent foot, I also did a couple not-atrocious faces and again the hair as a volume. Still need to get my head proportions correct, but I’m pretty stoked with the leg proportions (I actually remembered to follow gesture/structure/anatomy there!).

Wednesday Night Oils

Last week’s WIP, snapped a pic while I was in the studio for figure drawing. Working the left eye and roughing in some highlights.

Tuesday Night Figure Drawing

This week’s work on Karl Gnass’ lessons at NMA REALLY paying off. I’m actually happy with my improvement here!

10 minute pose, charcoal on newsprint 18×24.

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She’s only been modeling a couple months but she’s really good. I feel I captured this pose well. We had some good melancholy tunes playing and she just kind of drifted off in thought.

I was actually cool with this piece at 10 minutes, it was even more ethereal. I may go back and soften it up a bit more.

20 minute pose, charcoal on bristol 18×24.

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Sketchbook Digest

So I’ve been lax in doing sketchbook updates. It’s been slower than December, but even these aren’t all the work I’ve done in the sketchbook. Lots of Steve Huston’s book moving into Loomis heads and currently working on some Gnass lessons from NMA.

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Wednesday Night Oils

More first painting this week. Got pretty bogged down, starting with a clean palette (mix mix mix) and complex forms. Focus was mostly on the nose and getting some more proper contrast in that area. Also fixed the eyebrow and sketched in the forehead.

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Tuesday Night Figure Drawing

This model had an amazing shoulder girdle. Great clavicles, scapulas, the whole thing was just so well defined. I wasn’t drawing great, so for the last 15 minutes I had the instructor move the light to rake across her back and just did a straight tonal study.

She ended up kinda manly, mostly because I didn’t have time to work on the shadow side at all and it got broad on top.

But I do kinda like this one, imperfect as it is!

Charcoal on charcoal-toned bristol, 18×24.

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Wednesday Night Oils

Had a pretty successful night. Fixed the drawing for the right side of the head, had to widen things out by almost an inch, but the proportions are correct now. Better to fix something immediately, no matter that it’s a lot of effort. Then I focused on first painting the shadows. Since his right cheek and eye were mostly framed by shadows, and I needed to mix some halftones to blend the shadow edge into, I also first painted the cheek and eye there. All in all, quite a bit of paint was put down last night!

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Part of my ability to get right into painting was my awesome pochade box. Most of my mixes from last week were still workable, so I was able to start painting almost immediately. Here’s the state of the palette after last night’s session:

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