THREE FIGURATIVE LIFE STUDIES – PASTEL, ACRYLIC AND CHARCOAL

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I managed to get the full figure on the sheet for once with this conte pastel study, but it does reduce the ability to develop detail.

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I used the background as a middle tone and so had the figure coming in and out of focus or looking like a piece of  Emmental cheese, depending on your viewpoint.

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A charcoal study with strong toplight completes the set of recently completed work  all done in  various life groups around Liverpool.

Other life paintings and drawings can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

 

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REMAINING DRAWINGS – PASTEL PAINTINGS

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At one life group I attend they seem to make things as difficult as they can to work. Here they insist on two models who then turn up late and before the main pose the group decide to do some ‘warm-up’ sketches, as if there is some chance of pulling a muscle when lifting your charcoal. Then as soon as you get started it’s time for a tea break. This is what I managed. I did like the way the female sat languidly in the light, though I think that right knee of the male could do with a touch of remodelling.

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This one, at a more organised session,  was as much about taking out as putting down. I wanted a rougher feel to the work and think I got it.

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Finally a more staid pose, but the turned up foot posed some difficulty.

Other life paintings area available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com  

A CLUTCH OF FIGURES AND PORTRAITS – PASTEL PAINTINGS

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The demonstrations I have just done have disrupted my chance to paint, so I am a bit short of material for the post, but I still managed to get out and do some pastel work at

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some of the life and portrait sessions so here are the latest, Some I am pleased with and others, well …

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I was after a punchy image, but the lighting at these sessions is very poor so I have resorted to squinting and compacting the mid-tones to try and inject some tonal energy.

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If I stick to the plan it starts to work, but then I sometimes go off piste and the effect gets lost.

Then, it’s all good practice.

Other life drawing and portraits are available for purchase on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

A CLUTCH OF SEATED FIGURES – PASTEL AND CHARCOAL DRAWINGS

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I  was trying for a more emphatic style with these pastels, but the second one slipped a bit in this endeavour. Certainly the light in this venue leaves a lot to be desired.

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In fact this girl above announced that she was pregnant so I wonder if she will continue modelling. Here she is in a different session, but still sitting rather stiffly.

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A FEW MORE FIGURES IN PASTEL

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A little more extensive use of charcoal with the pastel though still not getting the grittiness or directness I am after.

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In the one above I used even more charcoal, though probably too much and not to its greatest effect.

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And finally a portrait of the child of a child of the sixties, but with the lighting so poor in the studio the features are flattened by the glaring light. Another of life’s little challenges, I expect some of you have shared.

Other life drawings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

JOHN, RECLINING – PASTEL PAINTING

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This is a painting of a guy I was at art college with and who occasionally models. He stepped in last week when the original model pulled out. I was pleased with the face as it captured him really well, the trouble is with the hands, which I could have tidied up later, but as I gave him the painting at the end of the session, it’s too late.

Other life painting with better hands is available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com