Saturday, December 7, 2013

HMoA Figure Drawing - 12/02/13 - Kat - Long Poses

Kat 12/2/13 - Pose 2, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 9"x12"

Monday was drawing at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Kat was the model and I had a great time and have some great pages from the night.

Above is my favorite of the night. It was the second pose of the night and it came out really nice. I really like how I rendered her skin in this picture. The pen strokes and brushstrokes are free but still defining a lot of the form. I love the blue and the red.

The maroon pen I bought on a whim in North Carolina is running out of juice. I had a great run and did some great pictures.

Kat 12/2/13 - Pose 1, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 9"x12"

This was the first pose of the night. It is good but a little too static for me. I also thing the color of the yellow was a little off from Kat's skin tone.  It is still a good drawing 

The way I rendered her knee in this drawing looks very good.

Kat 12/2/13 - Pose 3, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 9"x12"
Reclining poses are always a challenge with the foreshortening and the unusual perspective. I am pretty happy with this one. I like how I rendered the bedding in this drawing.

I have been playing with how to render the bedding, chairs and other elements in these sketches. I do like the outline with selective shading and shadows. I do think it works well because I can get a contour line drawing of the bedding in during the time frame but often cannot render there shadows properly. It allows me to define the shapes quickly and plays into my strengths, contour line drawings.

The torso and the legs look a little separate. Looking at them individually, it is even more clear. Although I think it is more the product of the well defined torso and the not as defined legs. The watercolors ran oddly in the left leg, but that is part of the joy of watercolor. It almost always requires a loss of control, which sometimes works and other times doesn't.

Good night over all. I really enjoy all three of these drawings.

"To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage."
~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Friday, December 6, 2013

HMoA Figure Drawing 12/02/13 - Kat - Short Poses

Kat - 12/02/13 - Gesture 03, Ink on Paper, 9"x12"defined egdes and implied edges
Kat was the model at the Honolulu Museum of Art this Monday and as always she was a blast to draw.

This particular session I was on fire.  I had so many sketches that I liked it was difficult to pick on for the top of the page. Above is the third gesture of the night and I am very happy with how this drawing came out.  I am probably going to use it for a larger painting.

There are so many good things about this page. I like the two purples and how they play off one another in this pose. The pose is dynamic and the shadow behind her adds a lot to the drawing. The figure is pretty well rendered and I like the play between defined edges and implied edges: the left leg is created by a quick outline while the right leg is created by a wash and the gentle outline of the shadow form.

The two purples are actually because the deep purple pen was running low on ink last week and I looked for a replacement color and found a mauve colored pen at Fisher's this weekend.  I am happy with the new color as well as the play between the two colors.   

Below at the rest of the gestures of the night.

Kat - 12/02/13 - Gesture 02, Ink on Paper, 9"x 12"

Kat - 12/02/13 - Gesture 04, Ink on Paper, 9"x12"
I really like this gesture too. I think I'm drawn to the two shades of purple. It's creating a neat effect with the cool and warm purple.

Kat - 12/02/13 - Gesture 05, Ink on Paper, 9"x12"

Kat - 12/02/13 - Gesture 06, Ink on Paper, 9"x 12"

Kat - 12/02/13 - Gesture 07, Ink on Paper, 9"x 12"
This is another nice gesture. These are becoming a blast to do.

Kat - 12/02/13 - Short 01, Ink on Paper, 9"x12"
This is the first of the five-minute poses.

The play between the two complimentary colors is amazing in this one. The purple shadow and yellow skin tones are playing off each other very nicely in this sketch.

Kat - 12/02/13 - Short 02, Ink on Paper, 9"x12"
This is the second of the five-minute poses. I think I spent a disproportionate amount of time on the face and it kind of shows in this drawing. The figure has a nice movement to it. The contra-position of the figure is capture nicely.

Kat - 12/02/13 - Short 03, Ink on Paper, 9"x12"
This was the 10-minute pose for the night. It is an interesting drawing. It has an interesting in-flux look to it. It has pockets of definition that make for a dynamic sketch.

It was a close to being my favorite of the night but I do really like the top gesture.  

"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament." 
~ Oscar Wilde