Figure in Oil

So this was a weird start for today’s figure in oil. The goal was to work up the figure with strictly defined areas of shadow and light.

I started with a detailed drawing in charcoal this time instead of using paint to draw the figure like last time. The time it took me to get a good drawing of the figure down was much less. So I would consider this part of the painting to be very successful. But then when I began working in defined areas of shadow and light it began to fall apart quickly.

What is interesting about this process is that I see it very similar to gouache. Not a lot of blending, just straight blocks of color. For most of it I felt as though I was painting by number. I had to ignore the subtle details of the figure and generalize into simple shapes. I find this to be very different than the way I like to work when drawing the figure in charcoal. Needless to say for my next figure in oil I will not be using this method.

Figure in Oil, setup

Session Details

  • Session: 1321
  • Work: 1147
  • Width: 5"
  • Height: 7"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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