Male Figure Painting: Session 2

With the second session on this new figure painting I’ve spent a total of three hours just making sure I get the drawing exact. I know that this will pay off for the rest of the painting.

On the next session, the real fun begins, but I need to have a plan on how to start painting. Previously I started by¬†establishing the shadow areas and eventually working into the lighter areas. I like the method that is taught at Studio Incamminati, a school started by Nelson Shanks. I outlined the process in¬†this previous post. The basics of this process are starting with a thin wash of burnt umber in the shadows, then a general flesh tone over all of the light areas. This is the process that I will attempt but, instead of just a general flesh tone in the light areas, I’m going to push them a bit in value to more closely resemble the body parts. For instance, the head, wrists, and hands of this figure have more red than his torso.

Male Figure Painting: Session 2, setup

Session Details

  • Session: 1364
  • Work: 1171
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 15"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.5
  • 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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