Ms T is a model with a dramatic presence; an arch of the eyebrow showing an inner strength? This work was planned in three distinct phases. The first marks were with a large brush heavily loaded with Wedgewood blue coloured acrylic making the structure and size of the composition, taking in a bit of the shadow on the figure. Next came the decisive blue conté pastel, working outwards from the middle left. In my mind was the line-work in Picasso’s mock classical Ingres influenced mono portraits of composers such as Poulenc & Stravinsky. Trying to stay relaxed and keeping up the confidence in the line.
Drawing the flip flops balanced the image and added a little humour.
Next came a blue waxy pencil to add modelling to the form. A fluid 3o minutes.
A close up of the arching eyebrow.
Charcoal is something I hardly ever use. After a discussion about mark making, the time was right for a smudgeathon. There is some subtle red pencil in there too. The hands could be better, though it wasn’t for trying. Almost like my eyes couldn’t grasp the form of the fingers.
The stance of one of my fellow artists caught my eye and gave the model something to focus on (whether in reality she was looking there I will never know).
The rules behind these two figures were to make looping shapes to build the image.
The blue background flattens the image in a pleasing manner.
This was fun. The marks were all over the place, until a decision was made to calibrate all the measurements from T’s nose. As another artist said it looks all rather Duran Duran, due to the choice of colour.