Another Life Drawing Tuesday. Second session of the season, trying to keep in mind, it’s all practice. While I was ‘practicing’ I was feeling pretty miserable. I went through a whole ton of A4 paper, and never reached for the ‘good stuff’ even when we got to the longer poses. But some interesting things happened. Above is one of many sketches I did during a 75 minute pose. I didn’t count how many; it was a wonderful pose, but I could not for the life of me get the anatomy right. But the light was fantastic, and the casual pose was great, and, by golly, I think I did get it in this one.
I was experimenting with layered oil pastel to come up with this one. I was very pleasantly surprised to see how layers of oil colour can be built up on smooth white standard computer paper. I started with a yellow and built up from there. The yellow caught and grabbed consequent layers of colour. I blended with white over all for the background and colourless blender for the figure and set in the details with coloured pencil, and pulled out a few highlights by scraping back colour to reveal the yellow beneath. This was 25 minutes of a half hour pose, and so I had five minutes left to go.
And an interesting thing happened. First, I was just randomly layering pastels to test out what happens, especially (an oil pastel version of scribbling), but then the lines of my previous drawings where revealed by the shading (impressed line technique if you do it on purpose), so decided to run with the serendipity of it all, and revealed the face by shading in the negative space around it (as opposed to drawing the outline). And ended up with the drawing I like the best.
And that’s how the evening went.
PS. Photos were taken outdoors, and ‘auto-corrected’ with irfanview. I’m trying to spend more time making art and less time posting it but it’s a compromise (I was using bright white paper)