Alright, so I didn’t exactly make a choice out of the three options that I listed yesterday. I thought it was important to test out a full figure before jumping into the actual full painting. I also wanted to test out my materials though. So I combined those two and tried to do a full figure study and paint it.
I decided to use the old set of watercolour pencils that’s been sitting in my drawer since god knows when. I’ve been wanting to try then out and this seemed like a good opportunity to do it. I think it actually turned out okay all things considered. I totally screwed up the face. It looked horrible to begin with and then I tried to fix it and just ended up making it worse. Hopefully I can do a bit better on the final painting.
You may have also noticed that I lied about there only being three faces in the painting. There are actually four, I just didn’t feel the need to do studies on the fourth one because of how tiny and blobby it is. I don’t have time to do any other studies though anyway. It’s time to jump into the full painting and just hope for the best. I’m going to do it in the watercolour pencils so technically I suppose it will be more of a drawing than a painting. I think the watercolour pencils worked alright. I definitely made some mistakes but feel like I have a better idea of how to approach it now.
The other thing I learned from this figure study was that I need to draw them larger to get the level of detail I’m going for. With that in mind I decided to crop the area of the photo that I’m going to be replicating so that it’s half figures rather than full figures. That way I can make them a bit larger and also focus in more on the area that’s important. I did a rough layout of it so far.
I think the composition actually works out fairly well. I laid it out on a grid because I didn’t really trust myself to get all of the proportions right free hand. It feels a bit like cheating but I’m a bit pressed for time and I’m trying to get this right. Tomorrow I’ll try to do all of the detailing and get it coloured in. Hopefully I don’t screw it up completely. Wish me luck?
Sorry for the image quality by the way. I spilled water all over my desk earlier this evening so I don’t have computer access right now. Hopefully nothing’s wrecked but I’m letting everything dry out before I try using it again.