Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pastel Drawing of the Female Nude in Red - worked, re-worked, and worked on again!

A few months ago I started this pastel drawing from the live model.  I was using Nupastels and working the surface over with light washes of water, creating these nice drips and shapes of color.   It's been waiting patiently for me to finish it up!  But I was a little nervous about going forward - I liked the immediacy of the drawing, the quality of the line...even though I knew it was "un-finished", the thought of finalizing it worried me.

I started out by pushing the aspect of the piece I liked the best - the warm, rich reds.  I love reds! I tried to not define the shape of the figure too much - she was no longer in front of me!  All I could do was push the color or the line quality at this point.

For some reason I started to add in blue.  This was not a good choice I think.  The blue was too harsh, and felt cold.  It also put too much emphasis on the triangular shape behind the figure.

So back to the reds!  I should mention that this is on a Pastelboard - a primed masonite board that has a great surface texture.  I was able to re-work the pastel several times, and if it got too saturated, I washed off an area and started again.

While the palette was improving, I wasn't crazy about the length of her torso and position of her knee.  Luckily, the kind model had let me photograph this pose, so I referred back to the photo on my computer and then went back to the drawing - making adjustments to her knee on the right - raising it up and making it larger, helping the depth of the figure from the protruding knee to the back shoulder.

I also added in a few other details in the drapery, and re-established the cast shadows under her breast and on her torso.  I think she sits better on the sofa now, and I'm glad I didn't hide all of the blue - it has come together pretty well!

You can see more of my Figure Drawings of the Female Nude in my Fine Art on Etsy shop.


Caroline Peña Bray said...

Full of movement and expression - the curve and angle of the top hip is spot on.It's excellent!

Jackie said...

This is beautiful ! I love the colors.

Cathy Rodgers said...

Kristina, I love your work and have been following you on twitter - don't really know how I found you there! I read your article about finding leads via twitter and plan on following your advice! Thanks for sharing.


Jen said...

So beautiful, and so inspiring!
Love the tones and the feeling the red gives. Lovely.

Krystyna81 said...

Thank you all for the kind comments and feedback - I'm glad you like it!

Hi Cathy :) Please send me a note on Twitter so I can make sure I follow you back!

Chic de Cru said...

I love this post. How kind you are to share your process and journey. Your art is so inspiring for it touches the spirit and soul in a deep but upliftingly delicate way. I enjoy following your vision.