Friday, March 16, 2007
I'm just cheating and adding this one taken Wednesday because I want to document my art here. This is what I've gotten done on a portrait from three hours with the model. The way my mentor teaches, it takes time! He teaches to first lay in color and start to approximate the form while achieving color shifts. Then study the line carefully and cut in dark into light with an accurate line only in the places that the line IS clearly defined; that won't happen until you've achieved the larger fields of value shift and the movement of colors. It's frustrating, but it's fascinating as well. The less I try to make it accurate, and the more time I put into squinting to get the values right, the more I start to see the form simply emerge, rather than forcing it. For instance, in this one, I never have taken any measurements or created any features...and yet this is recognizable in a rudimentary way as being the model.