Modigliani Model Closeup

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Modigliani Model

Modigliani Model
Pencil Sketch
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Mix Media Paper

Woman in Groggy State

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Woman in Groggy State

Woman in Groggy State
8″x5″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Woman Waiting for a Cut

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Woman at the Beauty Parlor

Woman at the Beauty Parlor
Pencil Sketch
5″x8″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Hair Raising Experience

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Hair Raising Experience

Hair Raising Experience
Pencil Sketch
5″x8″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Man with Legs Crossed

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Man with Legs Crossed

Man with Legs Crossed
Pencil Sketch
5″x8″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Man with Stripes on His Shirt

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Man with Stripes on His Shirt

Man with Stripes on His Shirt
Pencil Sketch
5″x8″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Japanese Garden

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
Pencil Sketch
10″x8″ 110# Moleskin Journal

I have a photograph of this scene, so I can get back to it whenever I want.

Man ASleep

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Man Asleep

Man Asleep
Pencil Sketch
5″x8″ 110# Moleskin Journal

Drying Off Under the Umbrella

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.

Sketch: Pencil - Drying Off Under the Umbrella

Drying Off Under the Umbrella
Pencil Sketch
8″x5″ 110# Moleskin Journal

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