Life Drawing 3. Tonal feedback.

In the crit at the end of the life drawing session asked why I painted on a loud pink spray painted background, I blurted out something to do with music feedback as a base for extemporising on. Having a strong thing to react to and work with. it gives me a head-start into the image rather than the sterile blankness of white. The tones really excite the eyes.

Lady on pink spray paint feedback baseThe life model only curled her lip for a second, just before a yawn. It was the expression that went with the pose and the colour.

Here’s a close up. I feel there might have been a progression in this lesson. I am so pleased with this I ‘ve signed it.

Lady on pink spray paint

This image has hints of my obsession with Matisse and his ‘bathers’, which I saw in Chicago.

Lady twice Matisse like

The lesson was about building the image up through tones against dark and midtone grounds. These works were great fun to do but needed extra work after the class, which meant I’m rather tired while writing this.

green and pink lady seated

This is a great pose. The life model fainted mid pose, but came back to finish the stance like a trouper. Lots of chalk was involved in this.

lady with blanket standing fainted

Here’s two examples of what I’m trying to do visually in music.


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2 Responses to Life Drawing 3. Tonal feedback.

  1. Pingback: Life Drawing 3. Tonal feedback. — Trevor Mill Graphic Designer Ltd | Art History blog

  2. I envy your opportunity to get specific life drawing instruction! Obviously it is inspiring you! Color in your hands is transforming these into something extraordinary.

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