Friday, November 7, 2008

Figure Drawing Techniques...Black on Black

I have posted several drawings on grey background (I usually use a medium grey mat board) but this is the first I have done on a black background. I love drawing James - he has a great figure, and his poses range from incredible dramatic to subtly beautiful. I had scheduled him for our modeling session last night, and I knew that it would be a great challenge to start on a very dark background and just bring out the highlights on his skin.

This was an awesome pose for this challenge - the lighting was creating excellent shadows, and because his head is shaved it really allowed for a clean, masculine look to the drawing.

His deep brown skin creates a huge array of colors in the highlights and shadows - ranging from icy blue highlights to red-umber reflective light.

It was a challenge working on the black surface -I had to be careful not to get too chalky with my colors, and some of the deeper richer colors were losing their impact on the black.

But overall I am very pleased!

James also did this curvy back pose for us - the ess in the spine and that very unique shadow on the back were challenging to draw. I switched to warmer tones for this drawing.

The last drawing is Diane from our Wednesday night class at Shane's studio. It's watercolor pencil on watercolor paper mounted to foam core. I like the colors and the pose and I feel like I created a strong sense of where the light source was coming from, but next time I think I'll start with my warm colors and work towards I did the opposite and never quite warmed up her skin tone.

O well...that's why I continue to draw from the live model - always something new to learn!


Bad Day Ben Designs said...

The piece on the black background is simply stunning. Luminescent is the word that comes to mind. Wonderful!

Callooh Callay said...

Unbelieveable work! I especially like the first one--it shows such controlled energy--tension but stillness, like a coiled spring. Fabulous!

Debi Rice, otherwise known as Sparky! said...

I am always amazed, and pleased to come in and visit... your work is awesome...(an overused word, but ... fitting!)

New England Quilter said...

Wow - your drawings are amazing. You are very talented!

steven mcvay said...

really excellent, its been many years since i last did life drawing, ..i also love the ones you did with your sons paintings as a background, very cool.

Brownies Vintage said...

Very nice!

Learning Spanish at 41 said...

Very nice work. The black background is very effective and striking!

Krystyna81 said...

thanks so much for all the kind words! I'm looking forward to working on some more dark backgrounds!