This gouache painting includes collage technique: pieces of news paper (toned with gouache), magazine pages (pictures on wall, wood texture on planks), cotton fabric and hemp rope (on top of clay jug).
The work was executed in my new drawing class in two sessions.
I am still in the middle of 6 weeks Drawing Course (Amazon link here). Day 9 offers to draw portraits in pencil, ink and charcoal, each session no longer than 30 minutes.
You think I am narcissistic artist, drawing myself three times in a row? No, I am not - where else can one find more obedient and disciplined model for artful experiments, than in the mirror?
I like the one in the middle - big eyes, no wrinkles, nice hairdo. But my mom says, that the first one is the closest resembling of her dearest daughter.
That was fun! I had to put a small object in my left pocket (or in a bag), put my left hand in the pocket. Draw it by feel.
The idea comes from Keri Smith's list of 100 ideas. When my head is dead calm in art ideas, I turn to my "magic well", pick a task and start work:
Brain was creaking during the task. These weak lines are not cow and elephant at all!
To show you the models I also sketched the objects by observing them, after I received the "outstanding" results of "draw by feel" experience.
The boy on the couch is quick sketch from TV screen, finished from memory.
A year ago, on 18 January 2014, a close friend of mine died suddenly. Yesterday I went to the old cemetery in 30 km from Moscow to give her flowers. The place was so peaceful, calm and empty, it inspired me to memorize the day in the sketchbook.
Last summer I saw her in the zoo cage. She was white, rather old, indifferent to spectators, suffering from summer heat and walking nonstop across her small kingdom.
I had made some photos and found them yesterday in old "To sketch" folder.
Old wardrobe in art-studio where once a week I take painting class.
We are so different with my new teacher, she is like air and water, I am like fire and earth, if this comparison is suitable at all. Every time I struggle to start painting in the beginning of the lesson, every time I am happy and relaxed with the result in the end of it.
Some of her artwork here, Tamara Mamontova.
Yesterday I delivered one babushka (my mom) to another babushka (her sister-in-law). And I've got profit - chatting models for my sketches.
Also sketch in the cafe is added, I am so glad to get back to sketching outdoors.
While studying the book "Drawing with pen and Ink" by Guptill (link here) I was amazed by variety and diversity of strokes of ink pen offered by the author.
So I decided to copy one of the illustrations, by Addison B. Le Boutillier. A lot of patience and accuracy required, not my strongest features they are.
This holiday card is modern interpretation of famous painting of Valentin Serov (link to the painting in Tretiakov National Art Gallery ).
Looking at the dropping rates of Russian rouble and our economy going down to nowhere, I wish to all my friends here in Russia and all around the world - artful creativity and emotional, productive, spiritual and physical profusion.
Every Wednesday I go to live drawing class, but the results are so pity that I do not post them here.
But I have just finished reading/studying the Bammes' "Human Anatomy for Painters" and surprisingly the reading improved my human figure drawing skills, only reading without copying pages, making notes or any other way of memorizing..
Honestly, I am so glad to feel the progress.