A charcoal figure study done on smooth newsprint. Reference obtained from New Masters Academy.
Only a painting that is built on a well-crafted drawing can capture what the artist sees.
-Fred Ross, Chairman of Art Renewal Center
A study of Frédéric Fiebig self-portrait. The lights and shadows on the face are broken down to their basic shapes. I believe this self-portrait of Frederic Fiebig to be the perfect reference for studying the planes of the face.
In the process of painting Munsell Neutral Value Gray Scale for my planes of the head study. I created the craft spoon neutrals a year ago, using my mixture of Burnt Umber, Ivory black, and Titanium White. I completed the long vertical strips yesterday using Williamsburg Neutral Gray oil paint values 2, 4, 6, 8. I mixed the intermediate values 3, 5, and 7. My neutral gray mixtures (craft spoons) compared to Williamsburg’s Neutral Gray were pretty darn close and in some cases they were identical, or at least I could not detect any difference in values with my own eyes.
Measuring, bending, and twisting my aluminum armature. Sometime this week I will be slapping on some J-Mac Clay on this wire frame. This is the most challenging project I have ever taken upon myself. Stay tuned for more updates in the days and weeks to come.