This week the subject was again Sarah wearing her hat.
This is the angle from where I sat, roughly ten feet away. This was the closest practical distance, bearing in mind the need to avoid blocking out others. One problem arose, in the first hour session, in that the Sun shone through a window into my eyes. This wasn't such a problem in the second session as it had moved. Nevertheless I ploughed on, first studying the subject in detail before committing pencil to paper. I tried to measure up accurately using a pencil with arm rigidly held straight out. This isn't easy and proved difficult partly due to the distance from the model. I have been consulting Bert Dodson's book `Keys To Drawing' (North Light 1985, paperback edition 1990). Charles Reid considers this the best book on drawing, a large claim considering the dozens available. Having a selection of these books, many of which are valuable, I am inclined to agree in that it is far, far easier to digest in practical terms. It has a very good section on taking proportions. It is still available at a reasonable price from online booksellers like Amazon.
The Drawing with painting begun on the features.
Sarah - Schut Noblesse 40 x 50cm (15.75" x 19.75") 300gsm (140lb) Not
Faults notwithstanding this is a much better effort than my painting of a few weeks ago. I have altered the proportions of hat to face compared to the photo. My wife thinks I have made her look a little sad which is probably true looking at the photo. I am reasonably happy while constantly striving to do better.
Colours for the face and features were Cadmium Red Light or Pale, Cadmium Yellow Light, plus Cerulean Blue to darken, Lamp Black for the upper eyelids and pupil, Cobalt Blue for the Iris. The hat is white overall but much darker in shadow under the brim where I used diluted Cerulean and very light greys by adding Burnt Sienna to the Cerulean. The hair is mainly Raw Umber with some Gold Ochre and Burnt Umber. The reds are Quinacridone Rose (Graham PV19) and Permanent Carmine (W & N PR N/A). The green is Viridian (Rowney). Ultramarine Violet (Rowney PV15) was added to the background colours of Raw Sienna/Raw Umber and Cerulean.
Brushes were the Isabey Size 6 Retractable for the features with the Da Vinci Maestro Size 6 and Artissimo 44 Size 2 for the rest.
I am now into the final two weeks when we are having a new model. Jackie says we can do whatever we wish, paint, draw, use whatever medium. I may do a large drawing next week then another watercolour in the final session. I have decided not to take the follow up five weeks. I am very happy with how the course has progressed but basically now need a break.