Saturday, June 26, 2010
An art instructor of mine at U of T a long time ago, once thought my pencil crayon pieces were more like paintings than drawings. So, I thought I would scan in various stages of my process to demonstrate that there is very much a drawing element to this process. I try to be conscious of the various anatomical relationships, plane changes and structure. Where the drawing is like painting is how I apply the color. The "underpainting" so to speak, serves as a foundation for the other hues involved. I build up layers of color to give the subject more luminosity and variegation. One thing that remains a constant in my portraits is my severe expression. I am concentrating intensely on what I am doing and it seems to translate into the final product.
I had two light sources for this study. A warm lamp and some cool ambient light from a window further away.
As a result, there are a few subtle blues introduced into an otherwise warm and "peachy" color scheme. Now that I am done, I think maybe I can have taken a "dirtier" approach to hues involved. The intensity of the color is a little much, not quite naturalistic and gives me something to think about for the next time.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Even though people are milling about, they tend to leave me be, with the occasional little one curiously coming over to see what that strange guy sitting in a room of standing people is doing.
The first piece is Gian Lorenzo Bernini`s (1598-1680) marble bust of Pope Gregory XV.
The second is an ivory & granite bust of Alphonse Van Beurden`s (1854-1938) Portrait of a Girl. This piece is in a room in the European Galleries just filled with ivory busts of different shapes and sizes. I feel sorry for the elephants, but the sculptures are beautiful.
I am presently working on a more involved study of Auguste Rodin`s Adam, which I hope to complete in the next few weeks. I have been working in stages and scanning each stage as I progress forward. I will post all stages of the process once I finish it.
The AGO has a newly opened show that I intend to explore called Drama and Desire : Artists and the Theatre. Lots of visual goodies to enjoy from Degas, David, Ingres and more. Fun, fun.
At this point, I wish to thank Thomas Hendry, an Instructor at the Toronto School of Art for introducing me to the life drawing at the Diane McGrath Gallery. It`s on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:30 for $15 only until the end of June and then it breaks until the fall. Check out Thomas`s blog of his work at http://thomasdraws.blogspot.com. Great Stuff.