The figure and it’s been way too long
8×10, mixed media
(charcoal, gouache and watercolor on 110lb acrylic toned cardstock)
I decided that I want to continue working with charcoal and watercolor. With this in mind I’ve decided to spend the weekend figure drawing and include them in my native nature project and why not we are a part of nature too.
It really has been way too long since I’ve done any figure work. So I began with a series of quick gestures using soft compressed charcoal on acrylic toned 11×8.5 110lb acid free cardstock and then used a rich mix of Gum Arabic and water to bind the charcoal. This also liquefies some of the charcoal and you can move it around the image while it’s in suspension. Like any other granular media the charcoal settles out of suspension in some interesting ways. While the Gum mix was still wet I went back with the charcoal to reinforce the line in strategic places.
Once the charcoal had dried I began to add watercolor washes to the work in a concentrated way with the same Gum Arabic/water mix to thin it some and help continue with binding the charcoal. The final step was to add white gouache highlights.
I think it’s a very expressive way for me to work and I believe a great new thing to explore.
11×8.5, mixed media
(charcoal, gouache and watercolor on acrylic toned 110lb cardstock)
Our bodies, apart from their brilliant role as drawing exercises, are the temples of our being. Like the bodies of all fauna, they deserve both our study and our appreciation. (Robert Genn)