Monday, November 16, 2009

One Lovely Model drawn Three Different Ways

Like many  many people I know, I have been fighting a bad cold for the last few days.  But, you know me, it takes a LOT for me to miss out on an opportunity to draw from the live model, and it would take even more to stop me from drawing the lovely model posing at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art this past Saturday.


The artists present agreed to three long poses.  I started out with charcoal pencil on white drawing paper, very simple, building up the values in the figure and the background.  I was trying to keep her elbow and the cast shadow the point of focus, so i did not push the features on her face or develop the drapery any further. 


The next drawing I used a mint green piece of textured pastel paper, and I loosely blocked in the areas of light and shadow, then I defined her form with a charcoal line..  I am not thrilled with the face right now - I erased her upper lip and now it looks like there is a hole there.  But I like the majority of her torso, the shadows and hilights on her chest, and the gestures of her hands.


Our last lounging pose was lovely from both sides (we were seated "in the round" and most of the artists picked up their supplies and moved to the front views of the pose - there was some wonderful light on her face and chest, but I thought the back was also beautiful!)

When I first started the drawing, I didn't like it, and almost put the cranberry away and started fresh.  But I "rallied the troops" so to speak and kept pushing myself to fix it.  I'm glad I did.   I really like the warm reflective light on her back and her legs, and the bright light on the pillow. 

I feel like I should add more, but I am still a little sick, so feel free to add your comments..tell me what to fix, etc.  :)

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Mrgee59 said...

I really like the lighting and color in the lounging post but personally prefer the hip a bit more rounded. The cranberry works extremely well, especially the reflections back onto the body. Keep up the good work.

krystyna81 said...

Hey Dennis (Mrgee)i thanks for the feedback on the hip - I see what you are saying! BTW - I see you are from Western NY...as am I originally :)