As I’ve mentioned before, I am lucky to be part of a great little community of artists; the Old Town Artists in St. Paul. Rebecca – one of my cohorts in the co-op – sat for an open-drawing session a week ago.
She did a fantastic job, and the resulting picture is a testament to that:
It started with a quick pencil sketch on a separate piece of paper for planning purposes. However, when it came time to start in on the actual work, it was a very light wash of watercolor that was used to block in the major forms, instead of pencil.
A greater degree of confidence helped in this painting’s success, and kept it from becoming overworked. The background has some nice, definite structure, but is not too specific or fussy. The skin tone is fresh and varied, although her actual complexion is a good deal warmer.
The bridge of her nose is, strictly speaking, not anatomically accurate in the picture. However, the other artists in the room insisted that the ‘feel’ of the face captures Rebecca’s essence. Who am I to argue?
Rebecca, as it turns out, is not only a talented artist, but a fine model, too. She is also a deep source of advice, with a knack for gently, but firmly steering people in the directions they need to go.
Heck, her presence alone moved this painting into the ‘win’ column!