No, I am not eating people.
I ventured past the pear, apple and jug and decided to draw a nude …… in pastels.
This is my first nude pastel and boy oh boy, have I learnt a lot in the process. Will this learning curve translate into the next nude drawing? We might have to wait 3 years to find out, as it may take that long to build up the courage again.
Cezanne, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec all used outlines, even in nudes so I was eager to give this a go.
Here is what I have learnt
– I need more colours. I don’t have enough dark blues, greys and purples.
– I need to choose a colour palette before I start otherwise it may end up too green, or too orange.
– Remember to sign before taking a photo
– Remember to check hands and feet before taking a photo. Her right hand looks like she has been split in half.
– Do some sketches first to decide on a background colour.
– Almost forgot to mention the most important of all ….. check myself in the mirror for charcoal and pastel smudges on nose, cheeks, forehead, ears even before picking son up from school.
– Work off a coloured source.
I worked from a black and white charcoal drawing from one of my favourite books, ‘How to Draw the Human Figure’ by Victor Ambrus.
Needless to say, I am still pleased with the outcome. I am just itching to get in there with some darks though. Guess I will just have to go shopping. Bummer.
I could highlight more, what do you think? More highlights or more darks?