Thursday, October 9, 2008

Coloured pencil figure drawing - completed

Here she is, my sixth (I think) coloured pencil drawing and this time on gallery wrapped canvas. It is 200 x 200 x 40mm and once I varnish it, it will be ready to hang without framing which appeals to me. I don't have a title for this yet and I am pretty happy with the outcome even though I was ambivalent about whether it was working throughout different parts of the process.

I think for the next coloured pencil piece I do on canvas, I will use a lighter colour to prime it as I couldn't get rid of the black base and haven't made my mind up to whether that adds depth or would a figure drawing be better on a lighter background. The only way to find out is to try another one on a light background.

I enjoyed working on this size as I could cart it around with me and ended up doing quite a bit of it in bed before going to sleep at nights (was a change from reading which is my normal wind down activity).

I just need to find out what varnish to use on this now as I have a horror of spraying it and then finding that it dissolves colour pencil and the drawing runs off the canvas. I am sure that is highly unlikely to happen but these coloured pencil pieces take so damn long that I am not willing to risk it so I will be doing some research first.


Anonymous said...

I recognize this model as a person from the DeviantArt site. Please respect the model's copyright, and give her credit.
I will notify her that you have used her picture, and give her a link to your blog.

Melissa Muirhead said...

Hi, as I mentioned in a previous WIP post as quoted "The image that I am working from is courtesy from wetcanvas from a virtual life drawing class last year. I will find out more details before I finish it so I can properly credit the photographer".This image came from Wetcanvas as a reference image freely able to be used With all the wetcanvas issues and downtime they have had this year I have struggled to find the right thread to find the person who posted it but I will keep searching as I have never claimed copyright of the photo this was based on and clearly stated that I did get this from wetcanvas where it was loaded to be used in this way. I'm more than happy for the model to contact me so I can give proper credit as it is a great photo and pose and I really enjoyed drawing it.

Melissa Muirhead said...

Found the thread on wetcanvas

All it states is that the model's name was Sophie and that she allowed these to be used as reference images on wetcanvas life drawing classes.