One of my previous posts was a double portrait of a woman and a young lady whose elongated face reminded me of one of Modigliani’s portraits. Below is a closer rendition of the same young lady from that post. The proportions of the face are less Modigliani-ish, below.
I spent more than my usual 15 minutes for this sketch. I had time to make sure of proportions, shade the surfaces and place background items, to give an idea of the environment.
Here is a woman waiting for her hairdresser. She has already been enrobed.
More work would improve this sketch: darker darks (especially on the robe). This would pop the figure out of the low-contrast background.
Another waiting area, this time with an opportunity to observe beauty in the making. I couldn’t decide if the lady in this sketch was reading one of those scary magazines or was in the middle of some kind of treatment.
This is another medical waiting room picture. The man does not seem to be as sick as the lady from the other day. At least he wasn’t doubled over.
I was drawn to this subject by the stripes on his shirt. Most of the plaids I’ve tried to draw have very fine mesh. This one had very broad stripes. I began by copying the distortion of each vertical stripe with the hope of replicating the person’s underlying musculature. Attention to this kind of detail is not the best technique to use for a quick sketch.
This woman was not feeling well at all.
There were so many trees, each of them different: different kinds of leaves, different tones, different shadings. The sketch below is a meditation. I could have worked on it all day. The overcast lighting would not have changed the shadowing that much.
I have a photograph of this scene, so I can get back to it whenever I want.
I’m not sure if this is an accurate depiction of the real man. I was not limited by a coffee or lunch break; I had all the time in the world to do this drawing, and concentrated on shading and detail.
These young ladies were drying off after a dunk in the pool. When I draw more than one figure, I lightly sketch them in, to get the relative positions of each. In the drawing below, the figure on the far right was too big at first. I re-drew it with a heavier sketch of the correct size. I’m happy with the positions and proportions of each individual and the grouping as a whole.