Thursday, April 22, 2010

Masai update II



Here's another small update.  I'm starting to model the shapes and colours in the face and head as well as define the beads.  I'm hopping around with the beads, never being as methodical as I should be.  However, coloured pencil doesn't often smear and I do use a hand guard so I'm not too worried about it.

I'm trying to fit in as much as I can on this piece this week as next week my time will be limited for drawing.  I have other ideas brewing in my head as well for other pieces and while I am not rushing this piece, I also want to complete it in a reasonable time frame.  I also know that I can get distracted easily when it isn't a commission.

I quite dislike the close views of images on screen as they don't usually come across as they ever would in real life.  With this piece, the colours from a distance look so entirely different than when I'm working inches away from it.  No photographic tricks can provide that perspective unfortunately.

Mi-tientes is designed for pastel or charcoal and has a reasonable tooth.  I am using the smooth side as the textured side I consider very unpleasant and detracting from any image.  The smooth side doesn't have much tooth so I'm trying to make my layers light and think carefully in terms of colours so I get values in place before losing tooth.

9 comments:

jane minter said...

jeanette this looks incredibly beautiful at it is at this stage

Sarah Wimperis said...

Ooh, this is lovely Jeanette, looks delicate as well as powerful.

Jeanette said...

Thank you Jane. I'm enjoying working on it.

You're right Sarah, this woman shows both sides of herself here.

A Brush with Color said...

What a beautiful portrait here. So subtly elegant.

sharon said...

This is gorgeous, and yes, elegant. I thought this was a finished work when I saw it. I can't wait to see what you do with it to finish it off.

Leslie Hawes said...

Beautiful.

Kim said...

hi Jeanette
you are the featured Artist at TAD this week :) :)
cheers Kim

RHCarpenter said...

I always enjoy seeing your work, no matter what medium, but this piece just takes my breath away! I've never seen anything like it and it should be in a magazine or in a gallery of fine paintings. Simply stunning!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Sue.

Sharon, glad you like it. It's got a ways to go yet. All those beads...

Thanks Leslie.

Wow, thank you Kim. How fabulous!

Rhonda, thanks so much. I like the light against the dark and the colour of the beads makes it stand out.