Last night we did paintings in my composition class. We were just working with one color (raw umber) and a medium. The exercise was to tone the paper, then do the most basic of blocking out the figure, then work through it a bit more to get accuracy, then taking paint away from the paper to make the highlights.
I think this one turned out quite well. I’m really happy with the outcome and so was my teacher. Unfortunately I got a little big headed after a few compliments and totally bombed my second painting. But at least this one was good.
The thing I like most about it is that I was able to suggest the figure with only a few marks. For example, on the figure’s right arm, I only drew the shadow the arm was casting across the body, and then made a slight highlight on the shoulder. Even with so few marks, you can see the arm because your brain fills in the rest of the figure. With most of my drawings I’m really accurate and precise, so this was a good exercise to pull me away from that and focus on making a good painting rather than a completely accurate painting.