Wet Ear

I have  been following a set of posts on Will Kemps Art school blog and having a go at my  first oil painting, to be honest it’s my second but I abandoned my first as I really did not know how to approach using oil paints.

So painting over the  first and following the structured approach I feel I have some sort of foundation to continue.

I have one snag not sure if it’s because I painted over my first painting or I just added too much  oil to my mix I seem to have a wet ear, I am hoping time will sort this out.

Still I am pleased with my efforts and inspired to try again..

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Last Class

My last life drawing class this week, 10 weeks and I feel I have made some progress, I know what side of the easel to stand on, I have a better understanding of shape and size, learning to look at the outside and inside shapes and using different features as reference throughout the drawing.

My use of charcoal has moved on but still it’s not subtle enough (more practice)

Here is a bit of a lookback-

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Burnt stick charcoal

I have been struggling with line and tone in my portraits with everything feeling very drawn and too dark.

Today I tried using some burnt stick charcoal instead of my usual compressed charcoal.

In fact I used both and my charcoal pencil, feels like a step forward, thanks to Minnie Ashley for her wonderful source picture.

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Life Class

Drawing from life is a  real challenge and every week I feel I have moved on until the following day when I go back an review my efforts, is it being in a class, the encouraging words of your tutor and the joy of drawing with others that makes everything seam better than it is.

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