Sunday, February 27, 2011

Life Drawing: Luzia Bel

Another drawing session with the beautiful Luzia Bel this Saturday...

Vine charcoal and newsprint

3 comments:

Erik said...

Very good work, it's a skill to behold, showing so much detail in gray-scale... It's a much more limited palette yet the sense of detail conveyed here is great. I've studied this a bit, it's hard in particular to draw a woman in detail because it very often mucks the picture up. I think I may look into charcoal...

I've recently tried drawing from photographs, but seeing this gets me thinking of drawing real world objects. It may sound silly, because 99% of artists practice by drawing what they see, everything I draw comes from my head... probably not a good practice, hahaha.

Rayford said...

That's very astute Erik. Drawing from life is the key. Photographs are fine but you wind up drawing the distorted nature of the lens rather than a soul of a character or human being. We tend to forget that our eyes are 2 cameras and our brains compile those 2 images into an image that has depth and color no painting or film can match. The flatness of a single camera image will show in your pictures if you're too slavish about copying them verbatim. I'm like you in that I tend to draw from my head a lot and it doesn't always serve me well if I'm trying to depict realism. I use a lot of google reference images and personal photos to supplement not having a centaur or dragon standing in front of me but another fun thing to do is build maquetes and draw from those. Plus you get to have fun sculpting:)

Mathias Zamęcki said...

really cool studie :)