I drew the above drawing in a life drawing session about 2 years ago. Every once in awhile, I enjoy taking a line drawing, like this, and creating a painting from it. The drawing was smaller than what I wanted so I placed the acrylic cross hairs I use to lay over a photo and laid it on top of my drawing. I discussed this in this previous post. I then drew the two cross hair lines on a larger format watercolor paper and re-drew the lines of the drawing. This enlarged my image.
Knowing that I would need to stay focused to paint this image using my imagination, I opted to play some sort of music in the background. The figure appeared rather restful and contemplative, so I chose two CDs of Adagios. One was Mozart and the other Vivaldi.
I followed what I had learned in my workshop this summer about carving out a pathway of light along the figure’s form and allowing that to remain the white of the paper. I chose colors that seemed to fit the music I was listening to as well as the mood of the figure. The above painting is what I ended up with.
It seemed only fitting that I post a drawing and a portrait painting, today, as my first session classes ended tonight and they were in Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Portrait. You may view some of the students’ work here.
Thank-you to all my students who contributed to the Student Art Page.