This is a painting in watercolour on 300gm Bockingford (560x380mm)
The project is described in the post.
In November 2014 I left a note on Meagan-Marie’s DA site saying the photo she had posted from a cosplay photo shoot on Marie Antoinette would make a great watercolour. She sent a gracious response but it took over a year for me to get to it. Maybe because it was quite a technical picture.
Here is my first sketch (late one night):
And here is the next sketch I did:
And another for practice:
Then I created a detailed drawing on a sheet of Bockingford:
here is the first wash:
Still looking good after a few more washes:
In fact I should have stopped about there and kept her hair a little more subdued. But I ploughed on:
The lock of hair was too powerful so I added more colour in her dress:
What I am reading about what is important in drawing is starting make the kind of sense that only practice can elicit.
Betty Edwards makes a powerful point about how important drawing is in the way we see the world. And that we can learn to draw. Just as we learn to read. I found a posting about how brains of people who never draw show under-developed areas. Here is what Betty Edwards says is important:
- Perceive the edges: Where does one thing stop and another begin? You can decide which edges you want to lose and which to find at a later stage.
- Perceive the negative spaces between shapes. My brother Tim who is a brilliant painter but does not have a website or anything (come on brother – it is 2016) says I need to practice drawing still-lifes with objects to practice getting the negative shapes.
- Perceive relationships and proportions.
- Perceive lights and shadow.
- I would add in here – Perceive the colours and design the colour strategy to fit what you want to say.
- Perceive the Gestalt, the Quidditas (from Thomas Aquinas). See the whole.
I like these thoughts. I am now going to sit on the deck under the Pin Oak in our garden and read about the passage of light through a painting (Alex Powers). No first I plan to have a swim in our pool that still has big Carp in it from the floods (2 years ago!)
Then I want to do this again.