Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Limited Palette acrylic study

Another acrylic figure study, just to keep brush skills up to date :)
11" x 13.5", acrylic on paper. Palette - Prussian Blue, Burnt Umber, Ti. White.

Ref image by BikeBoyPunk in DA.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Assorted sculpture study sketches

Assorted study sketches of various master works... mostly in charcoal on A3 pages... I've indicated the sculpture's creator in the image itself, wherever I could.

1. Vinayak Karmarkar's work never ceases to amaze me... its like he depicts figures in that very, ethereal instance when live human beings, as if by some magic, are turning into stone! Some text on him I wrote a number of years back...

2.  Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, another master I've come to admire very much..

3. En pénitence - unknown. That penitent kid (I noticed only while drawing) has feet of what could be a deer or goat. Regretfully, the allegorical/mythological aspect of this delightful work is something I've not yet looked up


5. Ref was small and burnt out

 6. The figure was so beautifully rugged, I decided to draw it accordingly

7. Another Karmarkar... not happy with this one :/ Also, her feet weren't visible in the ref, so I had to improvise.

8. The final form of this is in the previous post... wasn't really looking to make this into a finished drawing, just gathering as much information as I could for the subsequent paint layers.

9. The central figure is probably not part of sculpture study :|

10. Amazing sense of symmetry in this timeless work!

My heartiest gratitude to the various ref sources on the internet, wish I could thank them individually.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Acrylic study of two busts

Studies of two busts by Bernini and Carpeaux, 11" x 13.5", acrylic on paper.

Constanza, by Gian Lorenzo Benini.
Palette: Prussian Blue, Yellow Ocher, Burnt Umber plus Titanium White

Bachhante, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Palette: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna plus Titanium White

Many thanks to the ref sources, whomever it may be.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Study of St. Sebastian (updated)

A study of Bernini's Saint Sebastian. (UPDATED with a sketch below)

A3, charcoal, ref-based.

This is an initial, 'feeler' sketch...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Unfinished... and I'm stuck :/

** UPDATE: finished version is here ***

I can't seem to progress further on this large-ish acrylic (final version of this one)... the inhospitable weather, plus other distractions discouraging me from picking up the brush. I'm drawing a lot though, almost mechanically one might say. Mostly ref-based, although I did a few still lives as well. Treated myself to a new set of watersoluble crayons - Cretacolor monolith. More or less okay, although the quality varies from one shade to another. The black seems to be the richest. I know this is a figure blog, but I'm also posting a SL sketch below.

This is on a 4ft x 3ft canvas, with acrylic. I have just 'inked' the charcoal drawing (see below) and roughly applied some paint, to see how it looks. Still a lo-ng way to go, and I'm stuck.

This is the initial charcoal drawing. I enjoy blowing up a drawing free-hand, it tests one's proportional drawing skills. The canvas has been pre-coated with blue-tinted gesso.

Lastly, the still life... no figure here, I'm afraid... just a boring vase with stuff. A3-ish size, watersoluble crayons/pencils. Yeah, I know... its not good, no excuses :/