After drawing for about a year, and neglecting painting, I recently decided to go back to acrylics for portraiture...but with a difference. Instead of painting the way I used to, with a lot of line-work typical of drawing, I decided to try painting in a more standard way, with flat color areas that work together to imply lines and planes. It doesn't come naturally to me, and the results so far seem like a step backwards, but the one of Christine is promising, and hopefully I'll get better with time.
I've been drawing Prudence forever, it seems, and she just gets better. She seems to show her loving, adventurous nature in all she does. But the fast drawings I've done of her seem better. Here is a gouache I like that really shows her as she is to me.
Trademark Stockings, Pru at the Firehouse, gouache on paper, 20" x 16" 2014.
I finally got some paintings of these two that I like! Terry is always professional, with classic poses, and great physique. But what's really interesting to me is his good-natured, beat-up handsome face.
Cat is also very athletic, an acrobat. I love her sense of the humor of her situation, and mobile features. She's colored her hair extra dark, very dramatic.
Denise wore a wonderful white dress with
an iridescent finish that reflected highlights
of turquoise, yellow, and other colors. The larger drawing is in pastel on paper treated with gouache and pastel ground. The smaller one is a watercolor study.
Last night I drew Inky for the first time. She's a wonderful model. She wore a great, colorful quasi-pirate costume that would have been fun to draw, but unfortunately I used up all my time on head studies.
Simone is a beautiful young model who has very good modeling technique, making her great fun to draw. This was my first chance to draw her. I started out with charcoal, moved on to pastels, and left the pastel portrait sort of unfinished so I could try ink.
This was a frustrating session for me, and none of the drawings came out very well. The only one I like (sort of) is the top one, in charcoal, with the model facing left. I can't draw when models make steady eye contact with me, as this model always does, but even after I fled to a profile view, the results were disappointing.
This was my first opportunity to draw Emily, who is new to the Guild. She took off her glasses for the pose. The first drawing is in charcoal on paper. The second is in pastel on paper treated with pastel ground. I made her chair lavender in the pastel drawing, but am not sure about the lavender now.