This was the second week I worked on a gessoed board, and I really wanted to work in several colors instead of just blue (see posthttp://krystyna81.blogspot.com/2009/01/drawing-from-live-female-nude-on-new.html) After the girls were posed (nice and high up on chairs so our whole group could see - and in a pose that was great from every angle) I started sketching with a red nupastel and a brush dipped in water. After I had my initial lay out I started to slowly add some blues and oranges. I held back on adding black at this point - I thought it would be too dark too soon. (The first photo is how it looked after class)
I have added a few layers of glazing to the piece (acrylic paint and matte medium) starting with a layer of sap green. The pinks and oranges were too intense for me, and I love sap green because it is a warm and transparent color which works great for glazing. I have also glazed some black over the areas of dark blue, and warmed up a lot of the skin tones. I'm pretty happy where it is now...although I am thinking that a darker background could make the pose feel more intimate.
Thanks, Shane for arranging such a great figure drawing session!
And thank you to our amazing models!