This study’ aim is to convey form through tonal gradation in color.
Acrylic paint on paper (48 x 36 cm)
Looking with my model for interesting poses and viewpoints. I decided eventually for the sitting pose with the light from the window in the back. As it was a bright daylight and the room was quite light the front areas of the model were light enough to see clearly shadows areas.
Work in progress
- Imprimatura with a middle values ‘skin’ tone mixed from yellow, red and blue with white.
- Starting to block in first the lightest and continuing with the darker values.
- Modulating and adjusting values with brush
- Applying bolder and more expressive strokes with wide brush for the shirt as a contrasting element to the flesh.
- Working out bolder contrast around the head with the light from the window (luminosity) with blurred edges.
Overall, I captured the essence of form in a believable environment. I have the feeling that this study was rather a safe play more on simple approach to place the values next to each other with at times some blending. I would like to continue from here with a more expressive painting approach.
- Working with broken colors and starting instead of a white-black tonal values range directly with a coloured value range made the painting and working with a model faster and directed. Preparation is key.
- I feel that step#2 in above work in progress has a certain visual appeal that I wold like to follow. It is quite unfinished but despite or perhaps because the forms are already believable and nearly solid.
- A more expressive and loose painting approach now that understand well working with values in cooler and working more in broken colors for flesh.
- I am wondering whether I could have worked out the edges differently as I experimented in part 2 with coloured edges to depict better the fuzziness of light around the contour.
- I find that I overworked the shirt areas too much, as it is harder to get it right with wet paint on the surface. I think I need to be bolder in applying right strokes more consciously in the first place.
- As the shirt was black I used black mixed with blue for simplicity. Considering my tutor’s feedback on being more careful with black I could have prepared some darked colors for the shirt beforehand what I didn’t do. But I had to continued working with the model within the allotted time.
- Euan Uglow ‘Georgia‘, 1973
- Michael Borremans ‘The Load‘, 2008 (http://www.davidzwirner.com/artists/michael-borremans/survey/image/page/9/)
and one work that inspires me to work more on (unprimed) canvas:
- Francois Bard ‘Les Poses Heroiques’, 2015 (http://www.francoisbard.net/#!Les%20poses%20héroïques.%20Sans%20titre./zoom/cfit/image_vxg)