Portrait/Figure Painting from life, Day 1 of 5 – morning

October 5, 2014

Here are scans of eight drawings done on the first morning. The poses began at around 7mins duration and grew after the first half-hour to around 15 or 20mins.

The purpose of these sketches from the perspective of the sitter was to eventually settle into a pose after lunch which could be held for the remaining four-and-a-half days. The purpose of these sketches from my perspective was to accustom my eye to the proportions of the figure and her key physical attributes. We’re talking about a young woman, originating from South America, so with a darker-than-Northern-European complexion, with long black frizzy (rather than straight) hair. I was aiming for a reasonably short torso and short legs, but not succeeding at all in this regard.

All were done with a 2B Staedtler pencil, held in an overhand grip, on A2 bond paper. The bond paper allows for “scuff” marks to suggest tone. I upgraded to cartridge paper on Day 2.

I pass over the indecision of the contour.

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One Response to “Portrait/Figure Painting from life, Day 1 of 5 – morning”

  1. cateblue Says:

    gasp indeed. I love these – #’s 3 & 4 especially catch my eye.


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