Started slightly backwards with ‘Frottage’ on an A4 sketchpad with slight tooth and 150 g/sqm paper. The featured image is the first sheet.
This was an odd exercise, and one it took me a while to start. That may have had something to do with December not being a productive month in general though.
As I was in Cambridge for a family gathering I took a couple of hours out to visit the Fitzwillam Museum and see the Degas show (http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/degas). I’ll admit I didn’t do any real research up front and so the exhibition surprised me. I thought it was a show of his work, but it is (mainly) a collection of his collected art which was sold after his death. There is a lot of work by Degas, but there is also so much more as some of the most interesting aspects of the exhibition is the breadth of research that Degas undertook s part of building his art. Continue reading “Degas: A Passion for Perfection”
I was recently visiting Anglesey Abbey, which has a wonderful collection of art. The featured image was nestled among them, and that made me think about the points made in “Ways of Seeing” about nudes in general and nudes in european oil paints in particular. The painting is by William Etty, and there is some additional information about it here. Continue reading “Nude Reflections”
This may be a bit of a strange post, as I am effectively documenting a set of resources that I’ve been using to try to improve my figure drawing. Most of them I’ve collected together fairly recently, but some I’ve been using for a while. I can’t say the list is exhaustive but this is an area I’ve been struggling with for a while, as I suspect do many people when learning to draw figures. This means I’ve collected quite a few sources of information, and am identifying some of the key ones here to give an idea of the signposts that I’ve found to point me in roughly the right direction. I think between them these resources provide the information I need to make progress. Now I need a lot of practice and reflection. Continue reading “Figure Drawing Research”