Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Framed" Nudes

Let's take a break!

It's time to skip the trees for a bit. These three are some "finished" drawings of nudes with added backgrounds like those I posted just a couple of pages back. A couple of pages, but a couple of years in the past! (You can scroll back through the blog and find each of these figures, sans background, in earlier posts and decide for yourself if these are improvements) While those others were a fairly clear explanation of the poses, these are an effort to upgrade the original drawings rather than leave them as just "sketches" relegated to a dark studio drawer. It's like framing a work gives it an official stamp of approval, setting it apart from the ordinary world. 

The background "grills" perform a couple of functions. First, they set the figures in a separate environment of sorts, a defined space that helps us to see shape and form as distinct aspects of the drawings. The grill also calls attention to the contours of form and figure.

Beyond that there is also the important concept of "negative space". The shape of the area defined by the figure's edges and the edges of the background geometry can provide interest itself. All in all, I find real satisfaction in these "Works of Art".   Do they "speak" to you? 

"I love revision. Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream?"  Katherine Patterson

"A Curve does not exist in its full power until contrasted with a straight line."   Robert Henri

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