I love the dynamic between these two people. The man has something to say and the woman is listening. One can see this by each person’s posture: the man leans forward and the woman leans back. Her legs seem to be crossed, even though only one leg is showing.
I remedied the enormous forearm problem in today’s portrait. The most important feature in the sketch below is the delicate positioning of the young lady’s hand. Therefore, the forearm-to-upperarm ration is consequential. I’m having second thoughts about the title of this sketch. The subject’s pose does not suggest that she is leaning very hard on […]
Sometimes it is difficult to figure out new technology. I knew that this young man would figure it out quickly, so I had to sketch very quickly, before they left. No more waiting for waiters or waitresses. The key to a quick sketch is to capture gestures and posture. Other details can be filled after […]
I was at the next table, but the two gentlemen were engrossed in figuring out economic elasticity (whatever that means).
It is not always easy for one to portray a person seated just a few feet away. Especially when they are facing forward. Oblique views, or profiles are often less demanding and can be drawn with just a few lines (see Woman with Turban). The portrait below is more about posture and gesture than it […]
They were talking about math. The teacher’s gestures were relaxed. The position of her right arm shifted, as she spoke to her student. I rendered it in each position, with lines that enclosed space. The student was trying to absorb the material. The student’s gestures were not exactly relaxed, but they were not hyper either. […]
In this sketch, I felt that gestures were more important than proportions (see yesterday’s post). The tutor’s right hand seems to be on an elongated arm. If I had canted the tutor’s posture toward her charge it would make more visual sense. The student alternated positions from upright to bent over: listening and taking notes.
I flip through pages of art books of my favorite artists in search of ideas. Carolyn Lanchner’s Joan Miró was on my desk and I turned the pages until I got to the following pieces: The Bird with a Calm Look, Its Wings in Flames; The Bird Boom-Boom Makes His Appeal to the Head Onion […]
Below is the sixteenth group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below are about gesture and hands, particularly as regards my low functioning, autistic and nonverbal brother, Mike. Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on February 21, 2014 (Holding Hand). This is […]
Below is the fifteenth group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below are about gesture and hands, particularly as regards my low functioning, autistic and nonverbal brother, Mike. Please see the original posts for the back story and inspiration of each painting. Originally posted on February 23, 2014 (Tactile Communication). Mike often […]