Another wonderful night of drawing this week! I quick 25 minute drawing in charcoal. Mostly blocking in bold sections of light and dark.
It was challenging to draw from this angle, looking right at her extended legs - the foreshortening was pretty severe. I also wish I hadn't tried to indicate the features of her face - just used the light and shadow to show which was she was looking. But I like the bold lines and dramatic values.
Our long pose was really beautiful. She took a reclining pose accented with a beautiful turquoise robe on top of a deep aubergine blanket.
I was so absorbed in my painting that I forgot to take a picture before this stage, which would have been good to show you. I actually did everything BUT the model when I started. Her pose was very complex - reclined with lots of angles. So by blocking in the large ottoman, the drapery, and the background, the model became the last piece of the puzzle - in the correct size and position.
I was painting on a Clayboard designed for watercolor. I can't remember when I first tried this, but I like using the surface for quick oil studies. The paint soaks in pretty quickly, so I can apply a couple layers without getting too muddy. However - it does reach a saturation point pretty fast - you end up just moving paint around rather than applying paint layers on top of one another - if you do too much in the first sitting.
I was lucky to get a reference photo and I look forward to finishing up this painting.
Another beautiful drawing from that night by my friend Shane...
A lovely pose from multiple vantage points!