Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween makeover

Last weeks life model had some unusual body language which made for a change.  I decided to do two versions of the long pose rather than deal with the unavoidable adjustments after the break.  I didnt finish the second one but looking at it today I decided it had Halloween potential so I spooked it up a bit.

charcoal and chalk on toned paper

 Charcoal on drafting film ....
 ....and updated just for fun - inspired by Jonny Lee Millers version of Frankenstein's creature which was on at the National Theatre earlier this year. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Final tweaks

A bit more modelling done on the nose and a few other minor tweaks and its done.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Two out of three aint bad

I did some sketching with oils this weekend, unfortunately the one I spent the most time on is in the bin, sometimes you just have to know when to cut your losses.  So of the survivors the first is a pose I really liked at life drawing this week so working from my drawing I thought I would try and do some justice to it with different media.  The sleeping babe isnt really finished, her nose needs tweaking and the edges need looking at and tomorrow I'll decide if its just practice or worth refining.  Frustrating and fun times.

Oil on drafting film


Thursday, 20 October 2011

The short and the long of it

Its a bit of a shame when the longer the pose the poorer the drawing but thats kind of how I felt about this weeks efforts.  This was the lovely Shireen again and I really liked all the poses but have cropped the last long one to the only section I felt worked.
All Conte on A2



Monday, 17 October 2011

Life and wallpaper

Not had much time for art recently, trying to paint everyday turns out to be a bit of an impossibility as things stand.   If I could manage to do a bit of sketching that would be better than nothing but its like a diet or an excercise regime where you have to be really committed to making changes in your lifestyle and habits.  So until the outlook improves I shall at least keep plugging away at the regular life drawing sessions.  Here are the results from the last couple of weeks.
Conte on paper - A2



Graphite on drafting film, no smudging or blending - not easy for me at all.

Pastel pencil on paper, unfinished - A2

And here are some I did earlier.  Playing around with backgrounds to the drafting film, some wallpaper samples I had lying around.  Mmmmm.....


Monday, 3 October 2011

Searching for the beauty

Just one to show from yesterdays workshop - lots of worthwhile practice but nothing special to share.

Conte on paper A2

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Snow White

I think I am getting somewhere with this now.  If the drawing is fairly sound adding some paint and seeing where I can take it is good fun.  Ideally it would be done soon after the session when memories of the model are still fresh but regardless its a good way of checking ones information gathering and I quite like to get creative with the colours.  I painted on the reverse side of this and then edited the graphite on the front, mainly removal.   I turned her into Snow White, something about the stillness of the pose so a quick change from blonde to brunette, et voila! 

Oil and graphite on drafting film - A3