Thursday, January 29, 2009

Skin Tone Study




I think the quick studies in class have definitely sharpened my drawing skills, but usually when time is up I haven't had enough time to do all the things we are learning about. For example, those little bits of white in his face really make a difference but that's something that's saved for the end and I never got that far during the short poses in class. Therefore, I took a picture of my trusty model so I could practice all the things we are learning in class without time constraints (although it was under an hour).
Oh, and I promise, I'm not avoiding feet! In the Audrey painting I liked them going off the painting for some reason, and in the picture for this one his feet were chopped off.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jumping In



I started this painting around the holidays and kind of abandoned it to concentrate on my figure painting class. I really hate to waste paint though, so I started using what's left over on my palette from class to finish this one.
This is my cousin's wife Audrey (hi Audrey! I hope you like it!) jumping off a large rock in Leakey, Tx. I started to try to paint the rock and foilage but quickly realized A) that's a whole different world of painting and I'm not sure if I could pull it off and B) it's not really something I want to paint anyway. I feel like I've recently abandoned my abstract ways to become more of a realist and this way I can combine both worlds. I also like that it's more symbolic of what it feels like to jump into something.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Value Study

Well, I hesitated to post this since it's so rough, but I felt like it was high time I posted something on this blog. This is a five minute value study I did in the figure painting class I'm taking with Jennifer Balkan. I'm really thrilled to be taking this class and I've learned so much in the first two classes. Maybe this will be the thing that catapults me into fame and fortune....