These drawings that I do for my Basic Drawing Skills class are kind of a specialized branch of my art and I am now putting all things that are intended to supplement my classes in my new Teaching Blog. This is the last time that I will list them in this more general Art Blog as well as the Teaching Blog.
Also I have just up loaded a video to the Teaching Blog that details the entire process for shading this portrait. If you are interested check it out.
This portrait has a lot of very interesting features in terms of a learning experience. There is a very subtle overall shading pattern. Also to accurately recreate her hair as it goes from very dark to gradually showing more light and detail is a real challenge.
In the previous post is a video clip detailing the complete shading process for this portrait. It doesn’t show the drawing but just the shading which is a very similar process to painting a portrait. Starting with an underpainting and slowly building up the darker values.
I worked hard not to title this post Plein Air Currie Barracks. I felt that I had to create a title that would attract people’s attention more because in reality it is another in the never ending series based on the Currie Barracks. I’ve never found as much inspiration as I have at this location . . . and it’s only minutes away.
Anyway, I did a previous plein air version of this painting which included the entire side of the building. This time I wanted to zero in on the real story which was this small room and the connecting shadows. Emphasizing this part gives it more of a narrative and human element. The first version just recorded the scene.
I love that the 2 little windows right at the front seem to be eyes looking out.
I also like the big tree on the left which adds a nice element of depth to the painting especially with the bits of white gouache over the darker watercolour washes.
Here’s Looking At You
watercolour & white gouache
9 X 12