Last night we had a gorgeous model as well as a talented artist in her own right. This is one of the model’s who donated her time for a fundraiser for Ada. I was really happy when I found out we’d have her for two nights. So I dithered between colored pencil and silverpoint. I finally asked Rob which one he’d suggest and he immediately replied silverpoint so away I went.
Before class had started, I’d shown up early and prepped the paper in my new moleskine sketchbook. Now if your like me when you think of molskines you think small-say 6 x 9ish….yeah-not so much anymore. Moleskine introduced a folio size (16.6 x 11.8) in for watercolors, sketchbooks and my favorite, grid squares (I am such a geek). The cheapest place to buy the moleskin A3 is at amazon.com, it sells for 26.40 instead of the normal retail price of $40.00. A less expensive option could be the A4 folios which measure in at 11.6 x 8.4 and sell for $19.77 versus $29.95 (at Amazon).
I prepped the first two pages with watercolor and then the amber shellac mixture. Then I prepped the next two pages with Plaka.
This is the first attempt at drawing the model. As
you can see, the figure is pretty static. There is no sense of movement and frankly she looks like she could have been drawn from my imagination or a photograph.
I think I got a little too carried away with the skin folds along the models right side. No idea why but the only thing I really like about this drawing is how I started rendering her head, neck and hair.
So after Robert’s critique and his quick line drawing I decided to give this a second shot. I am glad I did, since I really like the direction the second drawing is now heading.
Did I forget to mention that I love silverpoint but I tend to make my shadows too light (just like my pencil work-sigh).