Session #379, Work #366

Yes this painting of me looks a bit angry. I put my head down a bit which changed how the shadows were cast on my face and it looked very interesting. But my main focus for tonight was getting the brush strokes as expressive as possible while still trying to keep the drawing and form accurate.

 

The drawing around the eyes suffered a bit from the strokes, but for the most part I like how it turned out. I have always been inspired by John Singer Sargent and his very expressive yet extremely accurate brushwork. But, I think that he had much more extreme focus on the movement of his brush. I remember reading something about him spending more time planning each stroke then actually making it.

 

Here is a good example of what I mean. This is a painting that I saw personally in the National Gallery Washington DC.

sargente28094nonchaloir-1911

 

The Setup

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Session Details