Gina was back to model for us today at my Monday morning drawing class. She has such a lovely, natural beauty and wonderful bone structure. Gina does not model professionally, but she is a a great model. We did several 5-minute poses and then this 30-minute pose and a second 30-minute pose. This piece captured Gina's likeness the best.
I always so enjoy Bob's class. He is a perfectionist on accuracy and values. His critique included suggestions to work on the where the right eye meets the under plane of the bridge of the nose. The shift from the dark of the eye socket to the under plane should be more subtle and gradual. I could work on my edges where middle values meet the darkest values. The most defined edges are where the lightest light and darkest darks converge. I could lose some edges where dark meets middle value.
Several of us enjoyed a casual lunch together and Bob talked about his instructor Maynard Richart Stewart at San Jose State University who, at 85 years of age, remains Bob's mentor. "Dick" Stewart was mentioned in the most recent Artist Magazine on it's final page. Dick's father was also a well-known portrait artist, and Dick had a fine reputation as an artist and professor. We always enjoy talking with Bob about his route to becoming a professional artist, including his time in a Catholic seminary, diversion to art school, and two years in Florence studying under a great portrait instructor.