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Finally! Wed’s drawing session was the best of the three, despite the fact that I showed up late, made a lot of noise, and generally stumbled to an available seat. I only stayed for an hour or so, but I’m a lot happier with the results than the other nights. This had to do with two things.
First of all, the model was fairly interesting to draw, both because of her natural form (interesting from line, angle, tone variance, etc. perspectives that a thin generic 20-something figure just isn’t) and because of her chosen pose (rotated shoulder, hunched back, slightly twisted torso).
Second, I had decided to use charcoal ahead of time and had prepped an 18×24 sheet of Canson classic cream, heavy weight, medium tooth drawing paper before the session with a layer of brushed charcoal powder (sfumato style, as discussed previously in blog for other projects). I work fast in charcoal no matter what the methodology I’m using, but starting out with a layer of manipulatable tone seems to have certain advantages. For one, it starts you in the middle of the tone range. This is great because when you need to make it lighter or darker, you only have half the distance to go. That helps prevent the left-over-line effects when you have to create darker shades and keeps your tone consistent. The other benefit is that you can alternate between working in line or working in shape/tone as needed. If it’s an area (like the torso) which just doesn’t have line, you just lighten or darken the right general areas and blend later for consistency. If it’s the edges between the body and the background and you want to highlight that transition, you can move to line (or not).
The two negatives here are the face and the background. I could have added in a different background later, but this is really a study piece and I don’t consider it as being particularly interesting beyone that. The face, though, disappoints me. I’ve found that, while I can do “faces”, minaturizing those details is harder for me (although, this model’s face -was- challenging in its own right). I think I have specific drawing habits and algorithms for “faces” that I unconsciously try to employ in every circumstance that just don’t work on this scale (especially with sticks of charcoal). I’ll have to work on that.
And…I still have charcoal on me after more than 24 hours, heh.
Haven’t been back to Florida in some time to see friends and family and SINCE NONE OF THEM COME UP HERE FOR HOLIDAYS, I’ll be headin down to Daytona and Orlando (and maybe Tampa or Miami or the Keys) for Christmas. Should be interesting…I mean…I’ve seen a pool set on fire down here, tried to put out a molotov coctail with my body, fallen into an open grave with 4 other people, etc. Fun huh? :/
Hopefully Ill have some art time just sitting around while down there when I’m not drinking at Tir Na Nog
This flickr girl is wicked cute, would have a great career as an illustrator, makes art that makes me smile, is jealous of us pie tasting for breakfast, and is the subject of this weekend’s sketch. I could do more with this picture, but as usual I may have chosen my own enjoyment of the process over your potential enjoyment as a viewer. How? By treating the material like music and dancing to it…It was a fun to do and a great close to the weekend.
Should I finish it? Should I do it again as a “real” piece?? My problem is that I can do more than this, I really can (even with correct proportions!), but I don’t care. I can come up with gorgeously finished looking pieces..but…after some point…the drawing does what I want it to and doing any more work is done for the audience, not me.
(…and for those who have asked, the previous post was to everyone who might think it applies to them.)