Friday, February 08, 2008
I took a handful of Cretacolors with me to life class this morning. It proved quite interesting as I wasn't sure which colours to bring and which would be useful. In the end, I found that a colour called Olive Brown was just right for the model's olive skin (as well as my favourite yellow ochre and English red) but I also learned that the Cretacolors are not really soft enough for sessions like this where you need to work quickly. I may need - oh dear! - to get some softer pencils...ker-ching! The drawing is quite pale even though I was trying to build up layers, but as I blended with a tortillon, they just got pale again so it was a race against time to try and get some depth into it. I added the red/pink of the material and instantly regretted it, it looks too feminine and soft to me!
This was looking pretty bad for a time but I'm pleased with how it's turned out. It could do with some depth of colour but I needed time too to make decisions about which colours to use. My usual combo of the yellow and red wasn't working and I thought her skin looked slightly green so I went with that and was surprised that it worked. I didn't resolve the issue I had with the shadow on her left. I tried a few different things but none seemed to be right and it ended up a sort of neutral grey/brown, and quite dull. This morning was the first time I used my easel at the class and I found it really good for being to put some distance between me and the work and see it properly. And I'm also not aching all over like I used to despite lugging it there and back- it's supposed to be lightweight but I think only Arnold Schwarzenegger would agree with that description!