bDecided to practice chiaroscuro this week to prepare for this Spring class. I peeked ahead on my degree plan and saw the book needed for head drawing too so I decided to purchase it. I really like it because it shows some step by step demos to doing the face features and the drawing prints are very clear. The reading is very clear and to the point and helps as well. So I purchased the pastel pencil recommended ( Caput Manguum and white) but because I didn't have the velvet grey charcoal paper I used the light toned paper I had on hand. I used only the red pencil and used the paper as a tone (the highlight) so no need for the white. I also found that mixing the white with the read gave a pinkish color and I didn't like it( the book recommended not to as well) but I had to test it for myself.
Put in about 11-12 hours started Tuesday and finished Saturday at the Chocolate and Art Show. The show was nice a lot of guest watched as I drew live ( motivated me :) also I sold prints and a original so that was a plus. This show I didn't get as much sold as I usually do. Next show Houston-Pancake and Booze - March 23.
For the drawing of the head- I used a sample in the book but changed it up. I didn't not use any sort of technical measuring for the face and features; more of sight measuring. Started with the contour of the nose and went from there. Steps are show in the video. Overall I love the smooth yet hard pastel pencil (never used before) I will be using it more on some person work until I have to use it for a class.. plan to take Head Drawing this summer.
I am really enjoying learning new techniques and styles during grad school. I have changed my plan to MA: 36 hour program so that I can get the master degree and start teaching a local community college. From that that career change I will complete the other 33 hours for the Masters in Fine Arts program. I just do not want to stay in the elementary or grade level class room anymore. Hoping to get the 36 hours complete by Summer 2019 or the latest Fall 2019.
Book->The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head Paperback – January 1, 2004
by William Maughan (Author)