Monthly Archives: March 2011

Woman with Headband

Woman with Headband
In my artistic pursuit of figure drawing I am trying to draw faces from different angles. Many of my resent attempts are side or three-quarter views. Focusing on these helps me understand proportion and placement of features so my faces will have a believable look. For this sketch I am trying to break out of a somewhat comfortable place and draw a face that is tilted up thus distorting where the features should be positioned. I am relatively pleased with this first attempt.

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Red Dress

Red Dress
Today’s sketch is another attempt at conveying a figure using a minimal amount of marks and relying on negative space to fill in the missing details. I like using my Sai brush pens for the lines because I can very the pressure to give the lines more life and motion.

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North Africa

North Africa
Every once in a while I move pictures around or replace them. Before this went into storage I thought it would be a fun one to share. Although it’s from a few years ago, it is a favorite of my husband’s. He says it reminds him of North Africa which is a topic he is very interested in. My favorite part is the night sky.

Materials: hot pressed watercolor paper, Winsor and Newton watercolor paints

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Simplified Features

Profile

This sketch was done using a few selective brush strokes. I diluted the ink with water to create the hair that defines the negative shape of the neck.

Materials: smooth paper and Sai brush pens

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Photoshop CS5

Lotus

I’ve been using Photoshop CS5 for awhile in my “real” job but I hadn’t used the new natural-media painting features. Although I am a fan of Painter it was time to give Photoshop a try. Photoshop has a lot of potential. For me using a Wacom tablet was a must and my next trials will include attempts at mastering the brushes and surface textures. If you are interested in experimenting there are tutorials at Lynda.com.

Since I am interested in Chinese Brush Painting the theme of my sketch is a lotus. I used the default canvas but come back soon to see if I can simulate painting on shuen paper.

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