After a long period of mucking about with ink and watercolor, I decided I ought to get back into oil painting, a decision possibly fueled by jealousy of my classmates' awesome paintings. So where better to jump back in than Life Drawing class? I've painted from life before, in my last life drawing class, and before that in alla prima.
So I go into class with my paintin' stuff, and wouldn't you know it, in walks the oldest, wrinkliest, and AWESOMEST model ever!
Anyway, I think it turned out a lot better than I expected, for not having painted in many months. I had some trouble mixing the right colors for his skin tone and the shadows, It still kind of looks like he's wearing a "Lone Ranger" mask. Which he wasn't. Thanks for the help, Nancy, and thanks for putting up with my endless smart-assery and leg-pulling.
I think I actually made him look younger and less haggard. Which is too bad, really. This is funny because I have a habit of, when drawing in ink, putting too many lines on the models' faces and making them look old.
Next, we had a 2-session pose, 6 hours all together, give or take about half an hour or so for setup and re-setup of the pose, lighting, etc. Perfect for a little oil painting.
Oh, and that face. It looks ok now, but good God, you should have seen it when i first put in the eyes...
Here is some of my previous work from Life 4:
Pen+ink. I edited this one in photoshop to make her look closer to the model's actual age. Still looks a bit mature, but oh well. The window, the stuff on the sill, and the tattoo are all invented, plus I made the book she was posing with into a comic book. I guess my ideal woman likes to sit around naked, reading comic books and drinking beer. Sounds good to me.
No, he wasn't really blind in one eye, I just made it that way for the creep factor.
I'll be sure to post more life drawing and other work later, but that's all for now!
Keep on creepin'!