For many years I've practised the regular discipline of life drawing to sharpen my skills at drawing from observation.
Using a limited palette of Lead White, Yellow Ochre, Light Red and Lamp Black on a tinted board I use Sight Size to ensure an accurate rendering of form, tone and colour.
Drawing with the brush rather than outlining in pencil creates brush marks that are fresh and expressive.
The tinted background often acts as a shadow tone on the flesh which you can see here on the models thigh.
This can be seen throughout this painting, particularly the models arms and legs. There was also a darker background than usual which helped to create strong form and shapes.
The tinted background often acts as a shadow tone on the flesh which you can see throughout the painting.
This is a much quicker study than usual which has a very lively feel.
The dark background helps to define the pose along with the vertical lines of the props.
The tinted background often acts as a mid tone on the flesh which you can see in various parts of the study.
The tinted background often acts as a shadow tone on the flesh which you can see throughout the study.
This is particularly evident on areas like the models right thigh and arm.
An oil painting study of John Singer Sargent's "Head of a Capri Girl" on board. John Singer Sargent is one of my favourite artists. I regularly make observational studies of his portraits, usually quick charcoal pencil drawings in my Moleskine sketchbooks.
Sometimes though, I will take time to make a more considered study in oils.
To watch a short video by Alan on the detail of this painting click Here.
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