Male Figure Painting: Session 3

This is the first start to a figure painting that I actually feel as if I’m in control. The few paintings previous had haphazardous starts without direction.

The plan that I formulated yesterday has seemed to work. I started thinly laying in the shadow areas with a burnt umber. Actually, it was a combination of transparent colors that I mixed to match a burnt umber because I’m out of burnt umber currently. Then I painted in all of the lit areas of the figure with an opaque flesh tone, adjusted slightly for areas that were a bit more warm like the head, hands and, shoulder. Once that was done I put in a dark gray background. Previously the canvas was all white and it was very difficult to decern correct values for the figure.

After that, I did a bit of finishing work on the head. While painting the head I tried to constantly¬†keep in mind how the form should turn and recede into space. I’m very pleased with how the head of the figure is popping off the canvas.


Tomorrow I will continue with finishing work, or maybe the next day, I have life drawing tomorrow.

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