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Figure drawing marathon!

08 / 14 / 15

There’s an upcoming figure drawing show that LCAD is hosting with a Russian school (or something like that) and I completely forgot to do something for it until yesterday! Seeing as how everything is due on the 15th, I ended up spending just about 10 straight hours on a drawing.  I hadn’t done a full tonal figure in almost 2 years, so I had to reacquaint myself with charcoal. I’m posting my progress photos here.  I start by taking a number of comparative measurements and stepping back at least 9 feet in between almost every mark until I establish a somewhat solid sketch and tonal structure.  Then I carefully inscribe a contour around the exterior of the figure and blend the entire surface with a paper towel.  This softens the image and serves as a smooth underpainting on top of which I can render.  From there, now using both dark and light charcoal, I render each part from head to foot, finishing as I go.  I have to say that I enjoy painting a lot more than drawing and taking the time to try and finish a drawing really reminded me of that.  Nonetheless, all practice is good practice! (sorry for the huge break from posting)IMG_0543 IMG_0530 IMG_0529 IMG_0528 IMG_0526 IMG_0524 IMG_0523 IMG_0520 IMG_0519 IMG_0518 IMG_0517 IMG_0516