Life drawing 5. Clothes & paint

Robin is one of the best life models around. A character actor, he brings theatre to the room. This week he brought props galore. A Tricorn hat, mask, cape and natty waistcoat. Quite refreshing to concentrate on fabric rather than flesh. Everyone had a good session with many a good drawing.
These paintings are worth working on later…

Here are three poses. The last on the right has a smaller version hidden underneath; the first version didn’t fit the composition so a larger, more dynamic version was painted on the top in impasto. 3 x 20 mins.


Here’s Robin with a red jug, skull and other accessories. 1 hour.


Some details. The tones need to be a tad more smoothly modulated. That can be done later. I can imagine a lot of flat colour in the background, to contrast with the frenetic foreground.


Boots. I do like painting shoes. Van Gogh did some great boots, as did Juan Miro. The red on the sole wasn’t there in real life; it was placed there for 3D purposes. Red goes forwards.


About Trevor Mill

This is my work. Art & Design. The fruits of my labour. Commissions / projects welcome.
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