Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grey/Black

Drawn Thursday afternoon, from life.

Pastel over Tombow marker, on 9" x 12" watercolor paper.

12 comments:

  1. That's some powerful bone structure.

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  2. Good portrait... I do like the construction lines, gives the piece movement.

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  3. Very powerful. Enjoyed going back and seeing your previous Tombow paintings.
    Damn - you're good! Quite amazing.

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  4. The construction lines add to the drama. I've been noticing them in other recent drawings and may borrow that approach. And yes, damn you're good.

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  5. They say that using values without color is the most challenging and these are wonderful. I really like how you push up against the edges of your compositions.

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  6. Fantastic job, i like very much, Cheers!

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  7. I LOVE this Jean! Just gorgeous!

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  8. Like the others, I like this. The grey and black seem right for her. Did you consider color, and if so, what might have worked? I have no idea how visual artists decide such things.

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  9. Thanks, all.

    Banjo, I did think about color. She ended up in greys because I love the simple pen and ink washes and felt like doing another.

    This would have been beautiful in yellow ochre, or some combination of oranges and blues.

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  10. Banjo, I don't know how all visual artists decide color.

    I usually choose some complementary, or near complementary, colors, a limited palette. This keeps the piece feeling unified, and the complements ( orange and blue, yellow and purple, green and red) add some interest.

    The other thing I love is a single earth tone, like yellow ochre or burnt sienna.

    The particular colors I choose are influenced by some color present in the room, the model, a reflection on the skin, the sky . . . . It varies.

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  11. I really like these lines, and the one of Sept. 29. Excellent.

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