I rarely post photographs of my work in progress as I think it might be uninteresting to readers but today I got down to some free-wheeling with gouache and what started out as totally messy and unpromising, ended up with some hope, if only a little. Lots to do, yes, but I'll keep posting this work in stages to show the process. I just hope I know when to stop. Hopefully by mid-week I'll have more life drawing to show.
Last night's second attempt at life drawing was inhibiting as we had a male model whose form was very difficult to depict and standing there in the squashed drawing room, I thought "what a strange way to spend an evening!". Yes, it was strange. My irritation subsided after acknowledging that I wasn't in the mood for stiff challenges, but I carried on and did some acceptable work. The 'head only' was the best but I had some additional problems because I thought the gouache tint I had painted on beforehand would be slightly more sturdy and permanent but all eraser marks wiped off a little of the colour which makes the finished work slightly untidy. Two more classes and then a Summer break. I am so out of practice.
Head in Profile
Graphite sanguine on gouache tinted paper - 30 x 21 cm
Head in Profile - Close up
Graphite and sanguine on gouache tinted paper - 30 x 21 cm
It's been years since my last life drawing class and it shows! However, it was great to get the charcoal scratching along the paper and to let go. This was a 15 minute pose and I didn't have much time to correct anything but the model thought it good enough to photograph for her portfolio. More next week, I hope.