Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: The Range, #15


Well now I finally reached the end of the 15-painting rock/boulder challenge – took a bit more time than anticipated but I’m happy that I undertook it.

The Range, (6×8) oil pastel was completed on cream tinted Mi-Teintes Pastel paper using mainly Senneliers, Neopastels and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  Tools included clay shapers and painting knives, many layers of paint was applied in this painting.

I selected the mountain range called, Napes Needle, because I haven’t painted a mountain range before and thought the sharp dark edges of the mountain range against  of a snowy mountain range would make for an interesting contrast and give the scene some depth.

Thank you all for following along with this study – it was challenging, exasperating, exciting and thrilling.  I think that 15 studies are a good amount to base on any particular subject.  Hmmmmmm, wonder what the next will be  .   .   .

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The Range, #15

The Range, #15

Reference image was from Gary Jones, a very talented photographer with pmp.

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: Secret Doorway, #14


Coming to a close with my study of rocks and boulders, here’s #14.  This particular scene attracted me because of the wall of rocks and what looks like a boulder doorway  .  .  .  thought this could be interesting for the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Secret Doorway, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on black Mi-Teintes pastel paper on the rougher side for its deep texturing.  Black paper was used on purpose so that the overall painting would take on a darker appearance – I think it worked, and the papers’ texture really comes through.  Used mainly Senneliers and Neopastels, along with a painters’ knife, razor blade and clay shapers to move the paint around.

A pmp friend of mine, John Robinson, took the reference image while on a walk in the English countryside.  I can only imagine how old the stone structure is .  .  . don’t you wonder what’s on the other side of the sealed-off doorway?

Only one more study to go ~

Secret Doorway, #14

Secret Doorway, #14

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Personal Challenge – Rock/Boulders: Autumn Steps, #13


Well what do you know, finally got #13 done in my rock/boulder studies!  I can’t give up on the studies especially when I only have two to go ~ so I was thrilled to get this scene done.  I’ve wanted to do an Autumn painting for a while now and was glad that I could include one in with these studies.

Autumn Steps, an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on beige tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Senneliers, Holbeins and Neopastels brands.  Because there is so much detail in this piece clay shapers, a straight-edge razor and a painters knife were used to move the paint around the surface.

The painting looks better in person (already framed and on my kitchen shelf), I’m not a good photographer!   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ~

Autumn Steps, #13

Autumn Steps, #13

Reference image was from Lisa Tringali, a photographer from pmp.

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Study of Dark Skin Model – (original drawing by William Maughan)


My latest study, as I continue to learn how to draw portraits, was from a book that I’m reading by William Maughan, that I’ll be writing a book review post on at a later date.

This portrait (9×6) was drawn with graphite pencils (2H and 2B).  The model was so beautiful, it was hard to resist drawing her – the study was a great learning tool and challenge for not only drawing someone who is dark-skinned, but also with extremely short wiry hair.  These portrait studies reaffirm that it all goes back to form and values, and most important proper proportions.

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Study of Dark Skin Model

Study of Dark Skin Model

 

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Thursday’s Drawing: Strands of Silk, a pictorial of the process


Here is a pictorial of the process for drawing Strands of Silk – it was a great project to work on.  Stay tuned for next Thursday’s start of a brand new drawing project.

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Strands of Silk, the process

Strands of Silk, the process

 

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Practice – Slanted Head Drawing


A quick practice drawing today of a slanted head:   graphite pencils 2H and HB on sketch drawing paper.  Going forward I’ll pay attention to proper proportions, forms and correct value placement and expect my learning curve to get real steep – which is what it should  do.

Today I was having fun, but can see areas that should have been measured so  .   .   .  actually I was really procrastinating from finishing my oil pastel rock studies, only three more to go!

Have a nice evening ~

Practice Slanted Head

Practice Slanted Head

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Charcoal Study of Richard W. Hale, Jr. – (original by John Singer Sargent)


Whoever said portraits are easy?  This little guy gave me a run for my money – the challenge was keeping Richard Jr. looking like a youngster (of perhaps 10-12 yrs) instead of a middle-age teenager with worry.  John Singer Sargent makes it seem so easy – this artists work fascinates.

The free-hand charcoal study (12×9) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.  So why a challenge, it was his face and giving it definition while not taking his childhood baby-fat and innocence away.  Loved working his hair, a couple of areas photographed darker than they are – did you notice his hair-style isn’t too different from what we see our little ones fashion today (actually just like my teenage neighbor).

Work will continue on drawing portraits, let’s see 4 down only 496 more to go (if I had any chance to catch up to Sargents’ # (and that was in the last years of his life – what?)!!  Notice that the drawing has been revised with minor changes to skin shadows, eyes and shape of face.  Below are both revised and the original study.

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Revised Study of Richard W. Hale, Jr.

Revised Study of Richard W. Hale, Jr.

Study of Richard W. Hale, Jr.

Study of Richard W. Hale, Jr.

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Thursday’s Drawing – Strands of Silk, final


Here she is, my final second seascape in graphite and again I’m amazed at how rich a seascape can be developed with this medium.

Strands of Silk (6×9) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using graphite pencils 4H, 2H, HB, B and 2B for their reflective qualities.  The seagulls were done in carbon (a flat quality) keeping them in front of the waves.  For the sea-foam spray some were drawn with dark and light values, and others (like the puffs of spray) were done with a kneaded eraser for larger and lighter spray.  The back water was brushed out and layered back in several times with graphite to give that area of water a darker and richer feel.

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Strands of Silk, final

Strands of Silk, final

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: Brown River Rocks, #12


Here’s #12, getting close to my goal of 15 studies of rocks and boulders.

Brown River Rocks is an oil pastel (5×7) painted on beige Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Senneliers brand of OPs.  Because it’s a small painting clay shapers were used to move the paint around the surface.

Brown River Rocks

Brown River Rocks

Reference image was from Jim Pierce with pmp.

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Portrait Drawing – Study of Mrs. John Beals Mills


Continuing with my fascination of studying John Singer Sargent portrait drawings.  One of his portraits, Mrs. John Beals Mills, illustrate just how brilliant of an artist he was with a loose style for backgrounds and incidental elements, to his focus on the face for the precision accomplished with soft and hard edges, and value ranges.  Incredible work.

My drawing study of Mrs. John Beals Mills, 12×9, was done in charcoal (love this stuff for portraits) using both vine and pencil, and a kneaded eraser.  This free-hand drawing took about 3 – 4 hours, mainly because I wanted to be more precise with her face proportions.

My purpose in studying John Sargent Singer is to learn portraits in this loose style and hopefully develop character to individuals that I may draw at a later date.

Have a great weekend, back to oil pastel rock studies on Monday (four more studies to go) ~

Study of Mrs. John Beals Mills

Study of Mrs. John Beals Mills

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