Archive for the ‘Process’ Category

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Drawing Final: Lashonda Florescent

September 19, 2017

Here’s the finished drawing; although, I still need to clean up a few small spots. I’ll let it sit for awhile to see if I want to add anything else. I may scrape away a little of the edges near the florescent stripes to make them appear to glow more.

I sprayed this with a couple coats of fixative, and noticed a slight problem afterwards. I was going to make up a fresh batch of my homemade casein fixative, but decided to use a commercial brand (Grumbacher) that I had handy. I noticed when I brought the drawing in under a light that there was a dusting of small white particles on the surface that came from the spray can. Fortunately, I was able to brush them off without disturbing the fixed charcoal underneath. My casein fixative doesn’t do that, so I’ll use that next time.

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Drawing Update 2: Lashonda Florescent

September 17, 2017

Here’s the latest state of the drawing. I’ve decided on a different approach for the background. The blending wasn’t working out to my satisfaction. The surface was too irregular to get it as smooth as it needed to be. So, decided to draw straight lines over it, and I think this will look better anyway.

I’m still drawing lines on the left side. Next I’ll add detail to her hair, and then it should be ready for fixative and clean-up.

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Drawing Update: Lashonda Florescent

September 11, 2017

Here’s the latest state of the new drawing. Everything is still in process, but I think her face is coming long nicely. I’ve decided that the background was too blotchy, so I used a paper stump to smooth it out. I’m going to try for a contrasting effect to make the background more out of focus. We’ll see how that looks as I get further along.

I’m using a couple different charcoal pencils for the thinner lines of her face and chest. I have a Conte and Wolff brand, and the Wolff is slightly darker. An X-Acto razor blade is used to cleanup lines, and lighten and sharpen areas, such as the highlight on her lips. The blade isn’t digging into the plaster surface, but when held lightly it just pushes the charcoal aside, and can then be blown away. You could use a razor on paper too to some degree, but it doesn’t remove as much of the charcoal as it does on plaster. For blowing, I use a drinking straw, and cover areas I don’t want hit with the air with scrap paper. Sometimes just tapping the back of the board will knock off the dust.

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Drawing Started: Lashonda Florescent

September 9, 2017

I’m staring a new charcoal drawing. This is my friend, Lashonda, who sat for me recently, back-lit by some florescent lights. I made a quick drawing study, and took some reference photos to work with later.

I used some tape to mask off two strips that will be the florescent lights in the background. I smoothed the background marks with brushes, and gave it a little more texture by lifting marks with a kneaded eraser. I’ll probably smooth it out more after I get the figure completed.

The surface is a 16 x 20″ illustration board that I’ve coated with a couple thin coats of plaster. The brushstrokes in the plaster help give it tooth and texture, and the soft plaster gives me a surface I can lightly scratch into to sharpen my charcoal lines. This works a little better than erasing, since it won’t smudge the charcoal.

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Painting Update 2: A Kiss On the Neck

August 20, 2017

A few spots need a little more tweaking, but it’s almost finished.

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Painting Update: A Kiss On the Neck

August 15, 2017

After getting sidetracked for a few days trying to earn some spending money, I’m back on this painting again. It seemed like I had gotten too rusty from being away so long, working extra hard to get her face just right, but I think I’m getting the hang of it now. Maybe things will go more smoothly when I switch over to the guy’s head.

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New Painting Started: A Kiss On the Neck

August 7, 2017

I’m finally getting around to starting a new painting. It’s based on an old photo of mine of two friends, John and Sarah, who posed for me.

This is the undertone I’ve put down in a thin ink wash made of sepia India ink from Sennelier. The surface is a small piece of Multimedia Artboard, 8 x 16 inches. I’ll be using casein as my paint media on top of this.

Although the Mutimedia Artboard has both a smooth and rough side, this is actually on the smooth side, even though it looks rough. It’s just due to the way the thin wash is absorbed into the surface. I rather like the texture, and may try to keep it in the final.