Weekly Live Model Series
The model didn’t show today
This is a frequent occurrence at figure drawing sessions. You’re all setup and ready to draw. The model is a no show. What to do. Grab a hand, wall, or any other mirror. Go for it. You always have a model available.
Today I’ll show you the process I used in this situation.
I spent about an hour doing an abstract ground to draw on.
- Each stage is saved (the advantage of digital painting)
- Check out the changes as I moved along on the ground
My line drawing self-portrait was done with a medium sized brush and gouache paint.
- My final step was to lighten the painting.
Click the BACK AND NEXT arrows to see the version changes.
I now have a group of underpaintings ready for workshops and drawing sessions. This is a wonderful exercise in ” drawing from the model.” Any model will do. Grab a pet, a pear or a mirror. Life figure drawing becomes more fun than work.
For your reference Library
The Art of Portrait Drawing by Joy Thomas. I think that the visuals and how to’s are excellent.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. – Edgar Degas.
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