These are the last of the student portrait demo's I did during the last semester. I wanted to see how I'd tackle a beard, but also try and get some sense of form and depth in the wrinkles. The portrait of the girl is another study where I limited my palette. It isn't quite the Zorn palette, as I did use Ultramarine, but it's the next closest thing. My aim was to capture some atmosphere and mystery with that one.
This is another portrait that began life as a class demo. Once again I felt compelled to take it to finish. I simply used Ivory Black and Titanium White for this one. It seems to be painted a little looser than usual, which can only be a good thing for me...
I've been doing a lot of portrait demonstrations recently for my students, which I don't always take to finish. The last few in particular though have absorbed me so I've taken them as far as is logical for a study. Always good practice, even though they are inspired by photos and not from life....
I was commissioned to design a tattoo recently. The bones of the brief was- a woman's face, with tentacles and flowers. Well, here you go. The original finished drawing seemed a bit stiff, and the girl looked too young, so I ended up doing another (the top one). I'm glad I did as I think the second attempt is looser and compositionally better.
I've been getting some decent direct observation practice in recently, which was continued in this study of the Roman bust. This is graphite on toned paper, with some white charcoal for the lightest areas. The light source (from the window) changed many times throughout this drawing, but I stuck closely to the initial shadow shapes all the way to the end to keep it pretty consistent and believable. For the most part.
This post is not specific like the last one, in fact it's a proper mish-mash of randomness. A lot of this stuff is out of my imagination, or I've used reference photos of myself as a starting point. Some of these ideas were supposed to be converted into finished paintings, but for whatever reason it didn't happen. The colour studies were prepared first with a layer of Clear Gesso, then painted in oil.
If there was one piece of advice I'd give to art students, at any level, is keep a sketchbook. They are often at least as interesting as an artists final pieces.
I've taken a few trips to the Museum and Art Gallery and Barber Institute (both in Birmingham) over the last year or so, making several studies. Along with drawings made from busts in my studio.
I'd thought Id share some of those sketches, which were all done from life. Most of them are from sculptures, but some of them are from Master paintings. I've also included some progress shots to better illustrate my general process.