Fibre Space, a local yarn store that I love has been selected as the flagship store for designer Jared Flood’s newest endeavor, Shelter. Shelter is a beautiful yarn that is processed and spun in the states and it’s simply yummy. I stopped by there yesterday after work to see the loveliness. I left there with five skeins of the red (long Johns) and a lovely pattern for a shawl called Terra.
Afterward, I headed to class with Robert Liberace. I’ve decided that for the next 4 weeks I’d work on silverpoint drawing instead of painting (its a logistical problem).
Once I arrived I found out that the model hadn’t shown in one of the classrooms. So I told Rob I’d love to model for his demo. Yes I am evil, but I adore his work and its fun, and modeling gives you a very tiny sense of what a professional model has to endure for his/her job.
So this is the study Rob did. It’s an initial grasaille, with sienna, black and white used. He toned his canvas with the sienna and once dray started painting using a #6 brush and black. I couldn’t see what he was doing, but he said that he was using the black in the manner of Howard Pyle (early 20th century artist and illustrator), like he was drawing with it. and he used it for the shadows.
Rob then went back in with a mid-tone mixed with the white and black to model all the mid-tones and soften the transition between shadows and mid-tones.
Once done to his satisfaction he added more white and captured the light and then used an even brighter light tone for the highlights. He created this painting in two sessions a total of about 40-50 minutes.
Isn’t it beautiful?