|Michael's eyes are driving me nuts--the reference is driving me nuts. I must get a better one.|
|Steve, graphite and charcoal pencil study|
I bought a starter drawing kit from the General to see what they had to offer and I love it. It comes with a complete range of charcoal pencils of varying grades of hardness, white and black chalk like, conte like crayons, a knead eraser and the sharpest little sharpener--the kind you wish you had in your grade school pencil box, the kind that doesn't break the lead. I am really enjoying this half hour of free handing with the General.
I am also enjoying the fact that the grand monochrome painting exercise I've taken on has had a positive effect on how quickly I'm reading the tones in my grayscale references. The burnt umbra/white, nine step value scale seems to have been burned into my brain...
BUT I KEEP WANTING A DARK DARKER THAN BURNT UMBRA CAN GIVE.. So I added Ultramarine to the BU for a darker than the darkest tone for this alla prima oil study and I like it! The other color I'm missing is Burnt Sienna. I guess I'm really missing the play of cool and warm? While BU washes out warm, add white to it and color goes blue--too blue for someone who sits in front of a SAD light every morning.
|Alla Prima weekend with Michael. Trouble with the reference is the photo was taken with a flash. Shame on me.|
But that was way back when I didn't know any better--though this is a better likeness than the one in the 2012 painting.