Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Florals in Monday Drawing Class

"Late Summer Bouquet"

Bob Semans brought in a lovely bouquet, but it all became a bit overwhelming when I tried to dive in with pastels. The same was true for all of us. So Bob again demoed to establish the very large shapes (clusters of light flowers against the dark green foliage) and fill in the darks with charcoal, dragging some across the shapes. Then pull out the flowers with a kneaded eraser. Establish the light and shadow patterns, fix, and add pastels. Without much time, I completed part of the charcoal underpainting before running out of time. Still lifes and even live models are easier than a complex floral bouquet when doing a meticulous realistic rendering. All said and done, I liked the beginnings.

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