How Not To Hover

Seated Man
Conte Crayon on Paper
It’s nearly the end of my semester teaching basic drawing. We have four sessions with a model to culminate the term. I do my demos and offer examples and advice and then to keep from hovering too much I draw with my students. I am too antsy to just hang back so I need to be doing something to keep myself in check. There is a fine line between being helpful and just being a pain in the ass.
I am always amazed at how much one can leave out and still have a well perceived drawing. The contour on the arm on the right is nearly completely absent. However the implied edge is quite unmissed.

T F m
December 9, 2010

Another Beautiful Woman

Flowers and Fierceness
Oil on Panel, 10×8″
This woman has appeared in several other paintings on this blog. She has a particularly fierce look here that belies the flower pattern in the background. I don’t know if it was there or not. It’s just the way it came out. It may have changed if I’d had a second session with it but I only had one opportunity to work on this. I don’t know if I should touch the corner of her mouth and alter the attitude presented here or just let the expression I’ve indicated stand.

T F m
December 5, 2010