Our room where we normally do our life drawing at the Art Museum was occupied for the evening. We ended up in a store room, but there was grand piano, what luck! I have to work that in later. I see I drew piano too small so I will have to fix that. I spent my hour and a half concentrating on the figure and getting it done. The hands were fanned out and toes were curled, that was most challenging, but I think that worked. Polychromos Pastel on Brown Pastel Paper 12×19″. I liked the Polychromos Pastels would like to have set of 60.
This is a rough concept sketch for the front and back cover of “David’s Journey; A Lost Boy of Sudan”. Yes, after much debate between my coleagues it has a title now. The image depicts 1000 mile walk to Kenya. Next I will draw a actual size drawing or maybe I’ll draw it at a 127% which is the size I will render it.
Tonight at our Life Drawing Group, I thought I’d ask the other artists if they’d mind doing the pose on the page I’m working on for the book. Granted it’s overkill on how much detail I want for the picture book, but I thought the lighting would be helpful. His age, race, and apparel are different. The boy will be wearing a pair of shorts. The South Sudanese typically wear American street clothes at least in the villages I know about.
This is what I got done in the hour and half we have to draw, I’m more often have time to capture more muscular detail than I have in the past, which makes me happy. I need go back and balance some of the shading. 19″ tall pastel pencil on brown pastel paper.
I’m looking forward to working on this pose on the picture book page tomorrow, with shorts.
I’m worked out the detail on one of the pages of the Picture Book about “The Lost Boys of Sudan.” Cattle herding is central to the life of the South Sudanese. Next I will do a pastel of the picture. I would probably normally work out details on more pictures first, but I wanted to present a color rendering at the next meeting.
I thought I would try a portrait of a boy in Oil Pastel. He is a relative of the author of the picture book, who lives in the African village. I wanted to test oil pastel on a subject, because Oil Pastel is not so fragile as soft pastel. My biggest concern was to render detail, but this shows it is posssible, and this is a scan, which worked well. I like how the oil pastel looks soft and fleshy. I had to work with the colors I had. Holbein Oil Pastel on 4.5″x6″ sanded brown pastel paper.
I’m testing pastels and papers with some of the subject matter I will be rendering. Uart sand paper-like surface, which I brushed water over the first layers of both. The top hut is Mungyo Semi-Hards and the bottom is Conte Crayons. The Semi-hards clearly have better intensity, but the Semi-hards are a bit wider, 1/4 vs. 3/8, both are square, The problem is, less hardness has better purity of hue, but requires the stick to be thicker.