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Friday, May 21, 2010
The Female Figure in Red
Well I'm finally back on schedule! These are figure drawings from this weeks drawing session with the live model. We started with a few gestures (grey and white pastel on a light tan paper)
She had wonderful shifts in her weight. This is pastel with a little bit of black charcoal pencil.
A ten minute pose that allowed for a little more development in the shadows.
I switched to watercolors for the long pose, using a bright red watercolor pencil to sketch out the female figure on a piece of watercolor paper (about 16" x 24") mounted to foam core. I kept thinking about grabbing another color...sap green or lilac or prussian blue...but instead stayed with the reds. I think it's pretty sexy.
I kept adding more detail with the pencils and then softening areas, pulling color into the background, with a wet brush. Occassionally I added a little wash of color from my palette.
I kept the facial features simple, and tried to create a strong sense of light.
Before I totally ran out of energy (it had been a LONG day!) I did a quick study in watercolor of her back. I never really resolved her hand, but I think it's a fun little painting (9" x 12" on aquaboard)