Busy week

July 24, 2008 § 4 Comments

Birte wearing a green dress - Charcoal on Canson, 20 cm x 30 cm

I have been sketching and painting like mad this week. Not only naked people as you can see above. This drawing is a 15 minutes pose by the way, and it has been drawn with white and black charcoal on canson paper. No, your monitor doesn’t play any tricks on you, the paper really has this strange texture, yet it looks lovelier in reality than on the screen.
Throughout this week I learned quite a few things.
First, that I actually enjoy drawing people. (I used to hate drawing people, but hey, after 25+ sketches like the one above you start loving what you do. It gets more and more easy with every sketch, believe me!)
Second, that I can draw a decent sketch of almost every person in almost every position from life(!) in less than 20 minutes. That’s a big improvement!
Last, that charcoal loves ingres and canson paper! Really! I always disliked these kinds of papers, because of their rough structure that would always come through in each and every colored pencil drawing, but it’s a completely different thing with charcoal! It just glides so smoothly over the surface of those two kinds of papers… it’s unbelievable :)!

Here’s some more nakedness, a fast (20 minutes) acrylic sketch of one of our life models. She’s the same woman I have sketched on Monday… I do love her curvaceously body… it would make for an excellent baroque styled painting :)!

"Elke III", acrylics on acrylic paper, 30 cm x 20 cm

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