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Acrylics & Figure Drawing #3

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My new (ish) set of Daler-Rowney System3 acrylics. I think I mentioned them before.

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First try. Pretty bad huh…the apple texturing is all right though. Just drybrushed a bit of red on. For my second try I even did a charcoal drawing to try to work out the values! Not that it was much use in the end though…I don’t know what happened to the painting. I either threw it away halfway or lost it. Though one thing that the painting did for me  was show how similar to oils acrylics can look. As some of my friends may know I am enamoured with oils, and this was one of the reasons why I decided to try making myself un-hate acrylics. I can’t say it’s been very successful though, but that’s also possibly due to the fact that I don’t paint very well.

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Figure drawing last week (nude models ahead):

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February 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Figure Drawing, Lessons 1 & 2

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Sorry for the delay: I thought I had posted this last week but turns out it was languishing inside Writer.

So somewhere around the end of last year I decided that I should really try to take some outside art classes. My first-ever art course: figure drawing for beginners.

The first lesson: contour drawing. Basically this involves drawing without lifting your pen/cil from the paper. There are two kinds that we tried, blind (no looking at the paper) and semi-blind (occasional glances at paper allowed).

fd1Blind. It’s brilliant, I know.


The one on the left is semi-blind, the one on the right obviously blind.

Our second lesson, held yesterday, was mostly focused on gesture drawing. Charcoal was the medium of choice, and I am glad to report that I am gradually getting less intimidated by the medium. I think of it as pencil, just blacker and a bit thicker, so no detail work for now.

More drawings under the jump (model is nude).

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February 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm

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No-stretch anti-cockling solution for paper?

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I am too impatient to stretch paper before I use it. If a painting cockles, I turn it face down on a smooth, clean surface and wipe all over the back with a damp cloth. Then I put a drawing board over it, weight it down and leave it to dry. The cockling disappears as if by magic!

Terry Harrison, Brush with Acrylics: Painting the easy way

Gotta try this sometime. I’m really impatient as well, plus every time I try to stretch paper I just end up getting adhesive on my window and an unstretched piece of paper.

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February 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm