PORTRAIT AND FIGURE
Before starting this module on the human figure I went back to the studies I had done in the Drawing 1 course to pick up on what I had learnt.
I did many studies of the figure at work in the garden and so I decided to work with some of these to explore using paint. I don’t have access to a sitter who will stay still for me to paint and so will just use what I have.
In this first study I found the initial drawing of the figure with paint an excellent means of getting a fluid line to begin with.
I then began to work with grey and white to build up the figure in tone. I find a natural feeling for quick strokes of paint rather than blending tones.
I then did have access to a figure to draw from.
The figure was in a relaxed pose which is typical of the way she sits and I wanted to try to capture this as a portrait of her – not in the facial features but in a resemblance of her through natural poses. The pencil drawing I think captures her ‘look’ – loved doing it as it was challenging to get the foreshortening of the legs right. I kept continually measuring them as they always seemed too short.
The quick outline study in paint on a dark background was effective and I was tempted to try to stay with this loose, outlined shape – in a way I wish I had – it has something which the final study has lost! The next study was also loose and immediate – really liked the treatment of the trousers – should have stopped there.
The final exercise developed from the last. I spent a lot of time exploring what I could do with blending tones in the top half of the body trying to blend in the tones to depict the shape and structure – the face, the same! I leant a lot in doing this but felt that I lost the energy of the previous study. I left the legs and trousers because I really liked that treatment but I suspect that it looks a bit odd as a composition.