I hardly ever start painting right off the bat. A three hour work session broken into 20 to 25 minute blocks allows time to figure out composition and shadows, to slow down and see. The first time block, for me, is always devoted to pencil thumbnails. Block two is for putting the figure on oil paper (or canvas or panel or whatever), checking proportions, correcting. Then I’ll actually brush on some paint from there onward.
One thing you can’t control for is the model’s inner life, and how it expresses outwardly over the course of the figure session. If an interesting look lights up her face, it soon vanishes, like a bird on a lovely flower. If you dare, ask the model what she was thinking about right at that moment. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll see it again. Or, maybe you’ll see an even more interesting expression. Now, draw quickly. Very, very quickly.
3 thoughts on “Friday Figures- A Model’s Moods”
Lovely painting, I’m sure the model would be very happy with it!
That’s a really lovely sketch and a great painting. It’s hard to carry the character from one to another but this works. It’s interesting that you use such a soft pencil yet keep it so clean. Will look out for more !
I like both painting and pencil sketch equally. Lovely to see both – often the prep sketches are more exciting than the finished article.