Another Friday night, another batch of drawings and paintings; each one with its own set of charms and missteps.
The first was an exercise in using a dipped-ink pend, borrowed from a studio-mate. It was hard to get varied lines or ones that were satisfyingly chunky with the pens at my disposal.
I switched to using a brush partway through. This was an improvement in many ways, but couldn’t cure the abundance of inelegant lines already present, and added a few more. It would have served the picture better to be more choosy and thoughtful about which edges to describe and how. On the other hand, this was an exercise with a time-limit, albeit a good half hour, so perhaps some rushing is to be expected.
The second attempt, in keeping with a recent tradition, was a bright watercolor.
The smooth brushstrokes of the arms, torso and the outline of the head might be said to be gorgeous. However, the face suffers some from tentativeness. At the same time, the washes and embellishments seem largely unnecessary, at times muddy or distracting. That said, the yellow swirls on the left are fun, and balance the boldness of the lines on the body well.
Below is the initial sketch I did for the pose. As usual, the gesture and anatomy were captured best early on, before the other demands of art came into play.
Sarah is a terrific model, sitting so still it’s almost unnatural. She’ll be welcome back any time, if only so I can get one more chance at an unadulterated success!