"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Figurative Drawing from Life

A frenzy of sketches - 1 minute each

20 minute pose / ebony graphite on newsprint / approximately 20 x 14

40 minute seated pose / ebony graphite on newsprint /  20 x 16

45 minute pose / graphite on medium brown paper with charcoal white highlights / approximately 24 x 18
A better life drawing session today than last week. I seem to have regained a bit of confidence, thank goodness :).

12 comments:

  1. And so you should! These are amazing!!!!
    Love the ones on toned paper :0)

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    1. I enjoy using the toned paper as well. Thank you, Sandra.

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  2. You have regained confidence!!! Good to see. :)

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    1. I did feel much better while sketching this week - I hope it lasts through the next several sessions!

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  3. I don't think I would be able to do it!
    You, on the other hand, make it look easy ... the master's touch!

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    1. I love sketching from life. After many years of studying and observing human anatomy and form, its still endlessly fascinating to draw the real thing. I never fail to learn new things and observe nuances of the way the flesh responds to gravity, age and position that I never noticed before.For me, I think it is invaluable experience.

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  4. Wonderful drawings. What amazes me is they are linear, then shaded and the highlights laid in. Great draughtsmanship. I, on the other hand, approach shapes via shadows and highlights, then lay in the defining lines thick first, thin seldom, broken often. Contour, was never a strong point. Not true with you. As always, I feel guilty for not pursuing lifedrawing when I see your beautiful work. What's this talk about lack of confidence? Nothing but is obvious here. You are in command.

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    1. I am very appreciative to hear your thoughts, Linda. I always wish I could loosen up a little while sketching the figure but resort to my linear approach as you have described. Its the way my brain is working in this situation. I am not satisfied until I have the proper proportions and placement of the limbs - only then can I move on to shading and highlights. Its not necessarily the way I paint, just the way life drawing seems to flow for me.

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  5. Okay Celeste!
    "Simply The Best! Better Than All The Rest!
    Rock on and Art on!
    Thank you for visiting my little blog! Much appreciated!
    Michael!
    "So good! So good!"

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    1. Many thanks, my painting buddy! :)

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  6. Nice line and gesture in these studies, Susan: kudos!

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I treasure these sessions!

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