This has been a work in progress over the past few weeks. One big help was Hilmi’s advice to use white with the chiaroscuro layer as you would do with a conte drawing. I really loved the way this helped to build up the highlight areas which sometimes seem to take forever to get to the right level of intensity.
We had to work fairly quickly to build up the paint layers over the few sessions with the model and I enjoyed pushing the process along although I did pick the foreshortened side so there was a bit of fiddling to get the pose to look relaxed. I tried to keep to fairly large brushes and trust myself to put the paint on loosely – so was happy that the form came together. Think it’s getting there.
You can just see this is going to end up being an allegorical picture – a bit like my Aphrodite at Point Nepean painting.
Apologies to readers who might not take to these paintings. I gave a nude study to a friend for her 60th birthday and, while she loved it (of course I did ask before I imposed it on her), her children found it a bit much. Ah the younger generation – what are they like?
However if you do appreciate the work involved in drawing and painting the figure – there are some more here >>>