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!
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:
10 minute study. Charcoal on newsprint, 18×24.
20 minute study. Charcoal on bristol paper, 18×24.
Values underpainting for Judith. Just titanium white and burnt umber, thinned with OMS.
I figured it was about time to start a master copy at home to augment my schoolwork. I’m going to zoom in on a section of a Caravaggio. Oil on canvas, 11×14.
Starting the first painting with the hand, chin and mouth. Basically just putting in the planar changes and adding a vibrant color to build on later. I once again put my faith in my instructor, because to me it looked garishly bright. After watching her paint for a while, though, and picking her brain for a bit, I was able to get it to start coming together. It’s a bit different than the previous portraits and I love how she continues to push me with each project.
Worked on a charcoal-toned paper, which was nice. As it was with still life, I struggle to finish a drawing in the allotted time, but I’m becoming more comfortable with where to prioritize. Not very stoked with any of the drawings this week, and my gestures were crap. However, still getting in good practice and trying new things. Overall a win, since a decent finished drawing is only a bonus (posting rough unfinished stuff never gets easier!).
Both of these are the usual charcoal on a charcoal-toned bristol paper, 18×24.
No digest this week, the only sketchbook work I did was on Ororo and a few practice gestures for class last week. So here’s my copy of Simone Bianchi’s Ororo piece. Mine is graphite, 8.5 x 5.5: