Friday, July 24, 2015

Soft figures, Soft renderings.

 Over the years I've found I like to draw round shapes, soft volumes , -  things like peaches, pears and an occasion apple, or as in these works, full figured women. I really enjoy the challenge of rendering the illusion of three dimensional form. Here on the left, a mature lady quite at ease in front of a crowd of artists who are staring intently, measuring, calculating, estimating, - trying to create the illusion of volume on a flat paper surface. While shading is important, here it's the addition of white high-lights that does the trick! Naturally, accurate observation is essential but drawing from life is a great teacher.

The drawing on the right, a very pregnant young woman, shows a bit less illusion of volume over all because there is less contrast between high-light and shadow. Still, there's a definite impression of volumetric weight in those breasts and belly. You know she is certainly aware of it!

"My concern has always been to paint nudes as if they were some splendid fruit."  Pierre-Auguste  Renoir

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." Aristotle


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