« July Figure Drawing at the Society of Illustrators | Main | More Books Being Made Here »


This week I decided that I finally had to try drawing figures with paint, instead of pencil. 

I go to figure drawing approximately once per month and I feel more comfortable drawing figures with 9B graphite pencils than I did several years ago.  But I watch some of the other artists using only brush and paint.  How was I ever going to develop this skill? 

 It is hard to start something new when I am doing timed poses - in a group setting, so I decided to begin practicing at home.   I used the large Niji waterbrush and my wood, articulated artist's model.  And when I finished, my figure looked like a wooden statue!  Not shown!!

The next day I switched to the small Niji waterbrush and sketched from photos in my Mark Edward Smith's book The Nude Figure: A Visual Reference for the Artist.   Here are practice figures 2-4 - one done each of the next 3 days.  Each one took approximately 10 minutes.




These are really quite nice, Shirley. I'm impressed!


By golly, I think you've got it!!

Very well done!!!

I have been following your blog for a long time. You are very kind to share your process in painting, sketching, and bookbinding...just to mention the most frequent posts! My daughter and I are considering bookbinding projects, primarily to use some of the lovely papers I have collected through the years. I have finally admitted that I will not live long enough to paint on all that paper! I am interested in making journal size books, most with watercolor or multimedia paper. I want to keep it simple at this point, not too many styles. Can you recommend a book that has the basics, the "how to" of using things like the cradle for making the holes, basic stitching, making the signatures...the necessary things.? I would appreciate your opinion. Our budget is a bit tight and I think I will make my own book cradle. E mail would be OK if your prefer. Thanks so much.

Very nice. I have the nude figure book too, so handy for those of us (meaning me) who have no live figure drawing classes nearby. I think these look really good.

I like these very much!


I sent you a long email about my bookbinding experiences. Hope you received it.

If not, please send me another comment.

But there are a few tips in order to get that ideal
crunch and taste. You do need to take care when handling the raw meat and wash any surfaces touched by the raw chicken with hot, soapy water afterwards.
Cast iron cookware in the south are prized heirlooms, handed down from generation to generation.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)