I've continued to develop some new figurative works in my charcoal and pastel series. There's still a lot to learn, particularly about how much to develop the figure, knowing when to stop, and how much is just enough without being too much. Most of my paintings fall into the "too much" category, so the more I can learn about when to stop, the better. In my last few posts, I haven't shown you very many of these works. Time to do a little catch-up.
Amy #11Amy has a beautiful back and you can tell that I spent a lot of time developing it in this artwork. I may have taken it a bit too far, but so what? I was able to restrain myself with the rest, though - notice that the skirt and (especially) the feet are only roughly indicated, which keeps the focus on her back.
Amy #14I really focused on stopping early here! Amy's face and shoulders are developed, but beyond that, almost nothing. This is one of my favorites of her.
Jennifer #4Jennifer is a lovely woman with very sharp features. She has modeled for our life drawing group as a portrait subject several times over the years and is always fun to have in the studio. In this piece, her pose gives her body a natural, compact shape that anchors the sharp focus on her face.
Jennifer #5All the previous images in this series were done on light paper, usually with a warm tone. I thought I'd try doing some on dark paper. My first few tries wound up in the trash can, but this one came together pretty well. I really like the pose and the glow on her face and shoulders.
Troy #5This one captures Troy's personality. Think Robin Williams meets George Carlin, and that's what Troy's like in front of the camera. Again, I kept things to a minimum, focusing on his face and hands. Everything else just plays a supporting role.
KarenKaren is the wife of an old friend of mine and I was really honored when he asked me to do her portrait. This was a challenge, as he provided me with a bunch of snapshots to work from. While they were great snapshots, they were extremely hard to use as source material. The lighting, poses, environments, and clothing were very different in each one. I used all of them to create a natural-looking pose with believable lighting and clothing. Not easy. For anybody thinking of asking me to do something similar from your snapshots, the answer is NO! I love doing portraits, but I need to control the entire process!