Major alterations to the second figure. The line of her back looks much better, I think, after close study of some of Klimt’s sketches. Well, if he can’t draw a naked girl, no one can. To sort out her left arm I finally resorted to looking at myself in a mirror (don’t even start to think about it). It is really hard to make it look real, the smallest error in proportion just ends up with a wooden doll-like image. I have repainted the sky with crimson, which still looks bad, but much better than the original insipid sky-blue sky
A very good friend who shares our love of India has a big birthday shortly. I painted her this card, which is loosely based on a photograph I took at Ranakpur Jain temple in Rajasthan several years ago. Getting the feel of heat and brightness is always difficult.
I am still struggling with my second figure. Just blocking in strong light to try to get something which reads as real. I don’t like the sky at all and may turn it red. The sea is not great either. In fact, still a lot to do really
Back at the Tuesday night class after the Easter break. I was shattered and just wanted to go to bed, so nothing dramatic done. Tried out some new “watercolour” marker pens from W&N, which are interesting, but I don’t really know what they do yet. You can scrawl fast on smooth paper with them.
I continue to struggle with the more distant figure.I don’t like the pose or the lighting. I have gone with a complete repaint, blocking in the basic shapes of a much more dynamic position. This still needs much refining.
What I am aiming for its a strong sense of sunlight. I am beginning to get there on one figure. Not surprisingly it is work on shadows that matters the most, and they are blue. I know this, but still start by painting them dark.