Once again it was off to Bath college. How time races on! This week was a repeat of last in that the same model and pose was the task. I made a hash of last week and was determined to do better.
Sarah - Fabriano Artistico 20" x 14" 140lb Not.
This is better than last week but still looks on the severe side. I am having difficulty in getting things right. I've never painted live models previously and it is a steep learning curve. It is actually easier just to do a drawing. Hopefully I'll come out the other end with improved tecnique. One thing that has become even clearer is the importance of careful study before putting pencil to paper, avoiding the error of using your imagination rather than seeing what is actually there. Note Added 9/02/12. Actually I have painted live models previously on my four Charles Reid courses. One session on each was devoted to this with Charles first demonstrating then off we went. The difference was that the models were closer and were more or less at eye level. It was also less formal. At Bath the model is on a small raised platform and as I don't paint standing up I'm tending to be looking up slightly plus the distance problem. I shall ponder these two factors and see if I can come up with a solution. Any thoughts anyone?
You can see the original photograph of Sarah in the week four post. I've taken more photographs and will probably have another attempt this weekend. When I was drawing and then painting, Jackie kept a close eye on my progress and pointed out several things that were not quite right. I don't think she was entirely satisfied even then as she is a hard taskmaster but she hasn't given up on me yet!
The features were a mixture of Cadmium Red Pale, CadmiumYellow Light and Cerulean (W & N PB35) to darken, the hair almost exclusively Gold Ochre(W & N PY42) and Raw Umber with very slight touches of Burnt Umber. I used a 2B pencil for the drawing.The only brushes were the Escoda Series 1214 retractable Size 10 Kolinsky and the Isabey 6201 Size 6 retractable. Cerulean and Cobalt Blue Deep (Rowney PB72)for the scarf and a mixture of Permanent Carmine (W & N) and Cadmium Orange (Maimeri PO20) for the jumper. I deliberately downplayed them rather than fill everything in.
We now have a weeks break for half term before resuming on the 21st.