Using a restricted palette (cerulean blue and white) on to a mid earth tone wash, I was able to explore the tones created through natural side light on to the human figure.
After exploring the many available positions, I chose the back of the figure. I didn’t want to have to spend time on lots of detail, thus taking the objective away from tonal changes.
After working on the mid tone earth wash, I experimented with one single hue and explored the ranges available through it to convey the tonal figure study. I actually preferred the blue in comparison to my original.
For this exercise I used one of my previous drawings and spent time working on the linear aspect of the figure.
After preparing the surface to work on I used a pale neutral wash to paint the main outlines. I then blocked out the negative shapes in order to bring a focus on to the depth of what I created. I really love how pale blue complements the natural skin tone so decided to work in it regarding the figure and cloth of the chair for that reason.
I have to say that I preferred my pencil sketches in comparison to my final painting. The results of the painting didn’t feel as natural for me.
A3 Acrylic on paper.
I have been spending some time using watercolour paints and ink. I really liked and preferred the results on watercolour and creating a linear figure study through them. The proportions were much more successful as was my ability to use the paints to work in the negative shapes. I have to say that I am feeling a lot more comfortable drawing in paint. It is becoming a much more natural process.