"The nakedness of woman is the work of God."
~ William Blake
Another Drawing Class at the Honolulu Art Academy. The model was Carli. The last time I drew her, I had a rough morning so the drawings were not all that great. I had a much better day Monday Night.
Above is my favorite of the night. It was the last of the 20 minute poses with 3 gesture drawings behind it. This pose came out very nice. The foreshortening on the hand and the foot made this drawing a little difficult.
I like the face of this drawing in particular. The blue ink wash I used for a even tone, was not in that area of the page. I was able to fit the highlights of the face in that area. The end effect is that the highlights are a little brighter there. I consider this a little serendipitous, but it is something that can be built with enough preparation.
I would always hear in painting classes that Rembrandt would plan his paintings from even the gesso phase of a painting. For the non painters, gesso is the white paint one primes the canvas with. For most it is making the canvas white. Rembrandt would build up thicker areas in the gesso step. This means that he had an idea what the final painting would look like even at the earliest of steps.
This gives me an idea. I could experiment with this in a space I knew how the model would be posed. Then prep the ink for the shadowed areas and use the white of the page for highlights. I may try this at the Zwick studio one of these Saturdays.
Above is the 2 five minute poses and the 10 minute pose. My lack of oil pastel is starting to show in this particular drawing. I ordered the oil pastels I use online they hopefully will arrive before this weekend.
Above is the first of the 20 minute poses. I thought the pose was unusual and I like how the drawing came out. The gestures behind it are also looking pretty impressive. This was almost my favorite of the night.
Above is the second of the 20 minute poses. It is a nice portrait but unfortunately the clock caught up to me on this drawing. It was a really pretty pose perhaps I can rework this one a little and add a few more details to the drawing.
This life drawing class is on Monday at 7PM. It is located at the The Honolulu Museum of Art School, formerly the Academy Art Center at Linekona. There is a $10 class fee.