Started this year with a little pledge to sketch a face everyday, things started well but finding a few hours each day to sketch is not that easy, still I have started to gather a book full of faces and any practice has got to be good practice, even if its not everyday.
Started back at my art class this week, going to be looking at sophisticated primitives, the work of David Jones and others, not sure where this is going to take us as a warm up we were all given the same starting point to develop a picture, it will be interesting to see everyone’s efforts.
Also started a life drawing class a new tutor and location from last year, the first class was very good already lots of advice and encouragement.
This week I have been messing with charcoal and water colour, sketching out another slightly surreal illustration for my strawberry tale, I think this is a little closer to the darker feeling of Jeremy Hush paintings and my starting inspiration.
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.
Lesson 2 of Will Kemps painting a black and white portrait in oils and I am re-establishing the shadows and adding the highlights, this according to Will is all about seeing and appreciating the shapes and form in the subject without getting into the detail, I must admit I do feel ready to move onto lesson 3 but as I am learning, with oils you have to wait.
Another tip I picked up is to make a sketch of your painting again thinking about the tones and shapes so I have done that, after getting a few things really wrong it’s something I will better understand in my painting hopefully getting them right.
The last couple of weeks we have been drawing our model Ruby. Starting with a few quick 4 min sketches, apart from settling you into the class my efforts continue to be a bit hit and miss.
I am trying to use more tone and less line, it feels as if it’s the right approach.
Trying some different toned textured paper for this picture of my son, it’s a close likeness, I just think its missing something, not really sure what that might be, perhaps more tone and less line.
Kieth Richards has a wonderful lived in face and I am sure he has lived. As we mortals look on his face makes a good subject for todays practice.