Day 246 Life Drawing

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Today we drew the lovely Amy.  I was using Caran d’arch on 140# Kilimanjaro.  Today was her fortieth birthday So HAPPY Birthday Amy.  

I started by drawing her first in with a yellow ochre caran d’ache crayon. I had actually brought my watercolor pencils to give them a go starting the picture but instead I grabbed the crayon and off I went.

After I blocked in her head and measured her shoulders I just started adding colors.  Most of her face was in heavy shadow.I probably should lighten the shadow under her nose and chin…looks like a goatee lol…BUT OH well..its a sketch and its DONE!  I should have followed Charles Reid Iconic Rule NEVER use anything darker than burnt sienna on a younger face…I used Burnt Umber…DUH!!

It would be easy enough to fix.  Just wet it down and wipe it off with a piece of bounty paper towel and recolor it with burnt sienna.  MAYBE tomorrow or MAYBE NOT!! Thinking NOT!!

She has beautiful red hair. A darkish auburn.  I didnt have anything remotely resembling her hair color so I added some dark pink to the burnt sienna…even if it wasnt the right color it was fun!!  A girl needs her pink!

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This is Amy after the first half an hour of drawing.  Notice NO burnt umber under her lip.

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SO I guilted myself into getting up and lightening up the shadow on her face.  I do have to say that its MUCH easier to lift color off the Fabriano coldpress than off the Kilimanjaro.  I scurbbed it a little with my hogbristle brush and then added some flesh color to lighten it up. The caran d’ache are really like a cross between pastels and watercolor.They tend to be a little more opaque than the watercolors I usually use which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you are doing.  I also added more highlights to her face. Now I really am calling her done.

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I finished Amy about half way thru the second half hour session so I turned the board over and started playing with color on the other side. I sprayed it alot with water and had fun letting her drip.  Added pinks to the ultramarine blues I was using.  

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This is my favorite part of this sketch…arent the colors just gorgeous?? This is her tummy and her belly button in case you didnt know!!

The model Amy actually bought this one from me…THANKS AMY!!!

ANYWAY, Caran d’ache are ALOT of fun…go get a small box and have fun drawing.  They keep you from getting too tight.  Add in a spray bottle and it will produce some of the most delicious drips you have ever seen.

Thanks for looking!

Day 217 – Life Modeling in Aiken

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With the lovely Amy.  My best one so far I think….love the way it turned out.  I did the sketch completely from start to end with Caran d’Arches Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels.

TIP: I sprayed them with a fine misty spray bottle to get the colors to brighten.  It was so  much easier than brushing the colors with a brush that I was finished early….this is a big picture…on a watercolor half sheet.  If you do this why its vertical you get some lovely drips of color.

TIP: I also used an old grumbacher hog bristle brush to life color off the page.  That worked great like across the top of the thigh where I did not have enough curve and the light on the front of the left leg.

TIP: You can also wipe out color at least on Fabriano with a folded paper towel.  Fabriano is terrific for letting you lift color when its wet.  Tough paper!!

Try it you will see how much easier it is…I think this would work with watercolor pencils too.  I hate to think of the number of times I have spent hours coloring a picture with watercolor pencils only to loose some lovely detail when you wet them with a brush.

The texture of the sketching can also just disappear before your eyes when you use a brush…Going to try that technique again…alot of fun. Paper is Fabriano Artistico 140# watercolor paper.

Now will an animal or a person PLEASE hold still long enough for me to sketch them??