Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Painting the side profile

Lots of my paintings recently have been of models from the side, here are a couple below.
Something about the space our faces occupy form this angle interests me, the shape we cut into the background.



Painting Matthew;
I had this big sheet of heavy watercolour paper, and had the urge to use it all to capture Matthew's interesting, understated pose. To begin with I used the watercolour paint loosely and with big sweeping strokes, this was great fun and quickly established Matthew's general position, some unexpected and exciting patterns began to emerge too. Watercolour paint really is irresistably absorbing. I often find that, by some fluke, the run of the paint corresponds with what I am trying to achieve, and I'm half way there.

Once the general sweep of the body was convincing enough I was able to really enjoy describing the skin on the face and hands. Being the only warm tones, they easily read as skin. Then I didn't need much to tie it all together, just a few descriptive lines here and there .

Thanks to Matthew who was so settled in himself throughout, and to Damian who insisted there was no need to 'do the chair'!

(This watercolour, of artists model, Matthew, was painted at Damian Callan's workshop at Wasps studios in Dalry.)


1 comment:

  1. Hi Aine. I was looking at the list of courses running at the Edinburgh Drawing School and saw your portraiture course. Since this is my weakest area I checked you out and was pleased to find your blog. Beautiful pictures, and what you have written so far has been informative. Please keep it up!

    I'm commenting against this post because it was interesting to see your portrait of Komachi. I have drawn her before, with probably my best portrait so far, the last drawing here:

    I think it helped that I was concentrating on her whole figure, and so the face was drawn quite simply and just captured the basics. As you quoted from Walter Sickert in your first post ('don't fill up gaps for the sake of filling up'), my focus helped me to not do that.