Saturday, February 25, 2012

Laocoon WIP

This is a very challenging exercise, and I'm trying here at all cost not to use the word "difficult", I don't want to work on this piece with my mind set that way.
That been said, I'm going to point out what I am really trying to focus on here, first big shapes, at the first stage of the drawing I looked for the general shapes of the head, then I started to separate light and shadow planes looking for more specific shapes, but always keeping the drawing simple and geometric and not getting distracted by details. That's the stage you are looking at these images below.
The next step of the process will be painting big masses of values. I will post those later on.

Thursday, February 09, 2012


For the longest time now, I've been trying to focus more on portraits from natural (definitely not an easy task) abandoning for a moment the study of the body, but a few months ago, the model on my drawing session was lying down in a very dynamic pose and, I thought it will be a waste not to draw her full body or at lease a detail of it. So, here it is what came out of that session, a study of the torso. I particularly like the rhythm of her upper body in this pose.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Powerful light

This is a quick charcoal sketch from a live model I did a few weeks ago. 
Very powerful light.  It is amazing how the orientation of light can change so drastically the look and mood of the objects. In this particular case, the expression of the face, the description of the features, and the atmosphere of the scene. That's what I think was so interesting about this exercise.
My intention was not to finish the entire head but instead focused a bit more on the features of the face, trying to model the light and shadow planes.