By taking short cuts, I actually managed to find time for two art lessons from last week. It also helped that my kids had friends over to play so they were occupied and I could find a chunk of time in which to sit at my kitchen table and get arty and make a start on this piece.
Last week’s Let’s Face It lesson was taken by Kara Bullock and was more practice in drawing the face along with hands. It also involved using white gesso to paint the face and hands in greyscale. That was not something I had done before and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Perhaps that was because it almost felt like drawing with gesso rather than treating the gesso like paint. I do also really like creating pieces that are monochromatic or have very limited palettes so I added very little in the way of colour to the areas of flesh in the figure and face and I kept the background grungy and neutral. The background that Bullock demonstrated in the tutorial was really very different from the one I ended up with but it was the creation of the background that was my major shortcut for this piece so I had to try something new. Her background had been pretty textural and grungy, however, so I tried to generate that same sort of feeling but in a different way. By way of contrast to all the texture and grunge, however, I added a disc of bronze paint behind the figure. I do love to add discs and halos surrounding the figures in my art work. I don’t know why. I just go with it.
Excellent hands! I can see how you used the gesso in the hand and face, and it gives a nice texture. As always, your shading is spot on – reflecting the bronze behind.
Thank you, Ellie. I appreciate your supportive comment.
I’m always intrigued by the many ways gesso can be used. I love the texture and the shading you got here…
Thank you. I’d never used gesso as paint before so that was interesting.
Her hands and arms are just amazing!
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Love the definition in the arms – there’s a lot about this one to love actually!
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Great job with contrast! And I like the philosophy of “just go with it” – I use that philosophy too 😉
Thank you very much, Sue!
Goodness Laura, you did an amazing job! Hands are one of the most difficult things to do and you did great! She is beautiful and your shading using gesso is just perfect.
Thank you so much, Carrie!
I love the hint of color in the skin. I really like this one.
Thank you. I like that subdued colour too. Your comment reminds me that I need to do more of that. Thank you for visiting and reading.