Friday Paint with me tutorial.
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The beautiful female figure has been a subject of interest to artists since the beginning of history. Almost every great artist is represented by examples of his impression of the figure.
Learning how to draw is not difficult. How well you’ll do depends on continuous practice and perseverance. You needn’t learn anatomy — leave it to doctors. When drawing the figure, we are interested, mainly, in planes and form. Drawing of the figure is not an exact science. I can only say, “This is how I do it — try it this way” And you will, in time, find your own way that will suit you the best.
Here’s an example of a figure drawing. Copy it or interpret it any way you wish. You cannot stifle your own originality.
A basic proportional scale for the figure is measured in heads as units. There are seven for classic proportions– a head, from chin to middle of the chest, to the belly area, to the middle of palms/mid hams, to the knees, and from knees to heels. When drawing a figure, remember that it doesn’t just hang in the air: establish surroundings that it occupies.
I used sepia Cretacolor crayon which I don’t have to fix. If you are using a pastel or other type of pencil in initial sketch, you’ll have to fix it with a commercial fixative such as Krylon to avoid smearing.
Drawing instruction references: Fritz Willis “The Nude”, Charles Bargue: with the collaboration of Jean-Léon Gérôme: Drawing Course.
Before proceeding to flesh palette, I recommend a tonal drawing using just Burnt Sienna and white to establish darks, middle tones, and lights. It will take about 2 weeks for the tonal painting to dry, so please take tonal painting seriously and bring it to completion, including a background. To make sure the layer has dried, take a piece of napkin and put some linseed oil on it — if the paint rubs off the layer needs more time. To speed up the drying time, you can place a painting outdoors/on a balcony.