|Gilbert Stuart's John Adams revisited, # 6 graphite pencil and alcohol.|
Today's additions solidified the form, but tightened it up a bit over the top.
|John Adams, first pass, HB and #6 graphite pencil.|
Loose is good. When to stop is always a mystery.
I spent some more time with Gilbert Stuart's John Adams today, observing his jowls and hair and experimenting the effects of alcohol on graphite. The solvent had an effect, but it still wasn't the same effect that I had with Peter Frampton, years ago. Maybe I used turpentine back then mixed with powdered graphite--the stuff in my lead sharpener? I think I want some liquid action when drawing with pencil--and I know I do not want to get liquid graphite pencils when I know I can make my own, if I only can remember the solvent I used? Both renditions of this copy are okay as long as the eyes have it. The sketch was done for fun and more so to exercise eye/hand coordination and observational skills. The shape of his face was off yesterday. It's better today.
|Frampton, Graphite finished papercast relief sculpture, 1978, #1 of 2.|
Flat out on the floor, Pete doesn't look as good as he looks hanging on the wall.