Seated Model & Monochromatic Sketch of Walking Nude

Upper- Essence on Canson Paper,
Lower - Oil on Vellum Tracing Paper
Because this vellum paper has a treated surface,
and is impervious to oils, it is possible to
paint on it with paint right out of the tube.
The upper study was done from life,
however, the lower drawing was
actually done not from life, but from
a tiny figure in Eadward Muybridge's
classic text The Human Figure in Motion,
which is full of hundreds of photos of nudes,
all of which were taken using stop-action
photography in the late 19th, and early 2oth
centuries, against gridded walls.
He also took photographs of horses running (one
of which Degas used as a model for one of his sculptures),
and of birds flying.
Essence, and also painting on vellum, are two
of the techniques I will be teaching
next week in my Gesturing the Figure in Oils
workshop at the Art League School in
Alexandria, Virginia. - We will be working from
live models however.

Thanks for visiting today.

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