We had a great drawing session last night! We skipped gesture work and went right into a nice long pose. I had a couple 11" x 14" inch pieces of watercolor paper mounted to foam core and my watercolor pencils with me, so color was on my brain!
The first pose, with the model's legs up on the wall, was gorgeous (although watching her "roll" into the pose was incredibly funny! we were laughing ant what she had to do to get into the pose!)
I first worked in a light blue wash and slowly built up layers of color. I went more "intense" than natural - the drama of the pose lent itself to more provocative color. However, it was too cool at first - the purples, blues, and even the reds I chose were all "cold". I added some sap green which really brought some warmth to the piece.
The second drawing I worked with a 4H pencil to lightly sketch in the figure - just focusing on the largest shapes and major angles. In this pose I felt the chair was especially important, because of the way her form "tucked into" the space.
I tried to develop the values in the figure and the drapery at the same time, so that the over-all lighting scheme worked well.
I love the turquoise in the drapery, and the red I used to define her features. If I had used black to draw in her eyes, the effect would have been very different.