Category Archives: Figurative

Figure Drawing: Pencil on Dura-Lar (Acetate alternative)

I am using Dura-lar film matte surface as my substrate. It has just enough tooth to hold the graphite. It is difficult to get rich dark marks with pencils, however you can use other media to achieve that. This leads into why I love using this substrate. You can use multiple wet and dry media on the surface, like oils, gesso, and acrylics. I have not tried pastels, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.  I look forward to experiment more with this  surface and sharing my results.

Color Study: Sleeping Venus

Greetings everyone!

A color study of Simon Vouet “Sleeping Venus”.  Simon Vouet (1590-1649) was a french painter that was heavily influenced by the Italian Baroque style of painting. To know more about him and his works of art please visit wikipedia

 

 

Music by Bensound

Charcoal Figure Study

Figure Study
Figure Study

 

Following along with Steve Houston at NMA.  Charcoal on Stonehenge paper. This was a nice tutorial on rendering gradations. Started out with an initial lay-in, demarcating the light and shadow side of the figure. From the core shadow scrubbed in a smooth gradation working into the shadows and then the light side of the figure.

Ron Lemen’s Figure Rendering

Ron Lemen’s Figure rendering process.  A very analytical approach to understanding figure abstraction, construction, and rendering.

There are four videos in the series.

The first video discusses the “Armature Stage”, which  basically is capturing the gesture of the figure in a loose manner: “Loose and lively in the line work”. The most important take away for me in the first video was when drawing from reference photograph we have to know where the camera is in our reference, our  camera level as oppose to our eye level sitting or standing in a classroom or studio.

The second and third video discusses surface form rendering. The topics discussed were: Edges of shadow and light and the gradient transitions that links them, value contrast, and tonal progression (vertical and horizontal gradient)

The fourth video just recaps what he went over in the previous videos.