Just so you know I haven’t abandoned the studio, again… 🙂 I’ve decided to spend some time drawing, for a couple of reasons. First, I needed it. Really felt that my figure skills had gone completely away. I’ve spent so much time on portraiture, that I found it difficult to get figure proportions properly executed. So, back to basics, in a way… Which brings me to the second reason. New pencils and charcoal! Oh, I’ve used charcoal before, but these were pencils rather than sticks. So, this week’s time was spent not only in practice, but learning some new tools.
These are from this week’s time in the studio. Started out with pencil, but moved to the charcoal pencils. Also for the first time, I found myself using the blending stumps more often. I’m sure there is a technique to them, but haven’t figured that out yet.
Played a little yesterday. A quick painting of “Bish”, who recently passed. Didn’t complete it. Had to get ready for The Derby! Oh yeah, and I was getting careless and muddy again. I think what I tried to do was to sketch out the entire portrait and work back into it. By the time I had fine tuned his head and face, the remaining portions were out of scale. Guess good drawing skills would have prevented that from happening. Anyway, it was a good start. I will either fix this one or try again. I know my sister and brother-in-law would love to have it. Ampersand panel, 5×7.
I’m enjoying this. Slow and steady. Seems I learn and remember more when I don’t push myself too much. I tend to start making stupid mistakes. Hopefully with time, I can do more in one session. But for now, today’s update. Still working with the limited palette.
Started these two this morning. Have to stop here. Too much to do today.
Broke out the oil primed linen. Soooo much difference over acrylic primed. Using a limited palette of Transparent Oxide Red, Cad Red deep, Cad Yellow light, Ultramarine Blue, and Flake White. Will post updates.