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February 2, 2008

Eternal Ancestors Exhibit

Today I had an hour to go back to the Eternal Ancestry exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to sketch the wonderful faces on these Reliquaries.  They are 1-2 feet in height - some are full figures, but most are just heads on a standard base.  They are mostly earthcolors with some gold, bronze, silver, and even feathers. 

I walked through with my Moleskine watercolor notebook and walnut brown Albrecht Durer watercolor pencil and just sketched pieces that I really liked.  The digital photo image below shows all of the faces across a double page spread in the Moleskine.  I originally intended to add water, but then started using the pencil for small details meaning these strokes would be lost if I painted over the pencil. 


Here is the first page in more detail  (scanned):


      Here is the second page in more detail (scanned):


I wasn't at all sure what would happen if I sprayed these pages with Fixative, so I sketched another page with another mask and tried it.  There was no running or smearing of the color - and in fact I couldn't get the pencil to rewet so I could add color. 

The exhibit doesn't close until March 2nd, so I hope to have time to sketch more of these beautiful 19th and 20th C. sculptures from Central Africa.


January 30, 2008

Figure and Face Practice



Two journal pages from my Figure and Face practice.  The nude is the on the last page of my Michaelangelo sonnet recycled book.  The Beefeater is sketched from a London photo and was done in my recycled Elizabeth I book. 

January 25, 2008

Figure Practice


On Fridays when I take ballet class, I have time to have coffee and sketch before going to pick up my grandson at nursery school.  I try to use this time to practice figure drawing of dancers from photos in ads in magazines.

Here is my painting from today.

January 22, 2008

EDM Challenge #154: Draw a Lemon


EDM Challenge #154: Draw a Lemon

I wanted to try to capture the moist cut surface of the lemon and used Masking Fluid to create the appearance of membranes.  I need to learn to use even a thinner application tool !  I love lemon flavor and wish I had time to make lemon squares with this lemon before bed! 

January 15, 2008

Face Sketching Practice



More face sketching practice from magazine advertisement photos.  Unfortunately there is a piece of dust on the scanner and visible on two of the faces, but I'm too tired to go back and rescan them! 

The scan really shows a difference in the pupils that is not as apparent on the sketch.  I will definitely need to work on these.