There you are. Acrylic on paper. 60 minutes. Three different brushes. The different greys let the skin tones speak and give a sense of space..
There you are. Details of the head. Forsaking pencils, I let the smaller brushes take the strain.
From left: D on ice blue. Acrylic on paper. The warm up pose. I was very happy with the skin colour, it pretty much matched what I saw in front of me. 4D / 2A. Acrylic and compressed charcoal on paper. 4 poses of 15 minutes. Good fun painting my fellow artists. On each pose a different approach was attempted. The red added a bit of drama.
After 15 minute sketch in the National Gallery, this was worked up at home without looking at the original. I really like this painting, it has a lot to it, descriptively, technically and emotionally. The idea of copying isn’t something that I do much, this was fun to do, seeing the mistakes in composition I made – mainly due to the wrong ratio. Notice the arrows in the pen drawing.
The original. Though it looks very dark to me in this official National Gallery image. You can see all the differences that my eye and hand didn’t work out. Which is interesting. I think.
The first Friday night of the new term at The Mary Ward Centre. The building, tutor John Close, model, fellow students and even the café are all as wonderful as usual. Some new paints, some old bits of drawing material, the paper clipped to the canvas and I dive in to the water…
SC in Sicily. Jan 2019. Acrylic and Oil Pastel. This commission was an interesting exercise in trying to capture the personality of someone I know well. The image was one taken in intense sunlight with most of the face in shadow. The trick was how to get the blend of colours right. Acrylics were looking dry and cold, so looking back to some early life drawings of mine for inspiration, out came some heavily pigmented oil pastels. After quite a lot of applying and smudging, the work was finished.
I wanted to make it have an expressionistic feel, to keep the vibrancy of marks as well as the vibrancy of all that colour.
Here’s the different stages of the work up to completion. Only the last stages are in oil pastel.