Figure: Brown Woman

Brown Model merge

She had no face to speak of.

That is the model drawing that this was painted over. What do you do? Fortunate for me I had an ad laying around, so I improvised.

I painted Brown Woman monochromatically with burnt umber from my dried up Reeves palette. Monochromatic paintings are hard enough, but invention was necessary. No longer having the model in front of me, I had to discern where the muscles and light was coming from. Generally speaking, less is more in this case.

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The Outdoor Watercolor Learning Experience

The Art of Invention

  • Round shapes have a curvilinear landscape that can change on the human body.
  • Dark value, even in the minute areas, creates depth.
  • Fade back your values if an object or body part is supposed to be foreshortened.
  • If you are worried about screwing it up put on a watery value, let it dry, and then do it again until it has the desirable depth.

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