Thursday, November 08, 2007

The colour of skin

More coloured pencils on a tonal background today. This time I had a 45 minute pose to really have a go at something I really want to learn - colouring skin. I love how portrait painters especially, seem to be able to see so many shades of browns, beiges, yellows, pinks, reds and even sometimes blues, greens and purples, in skin. My brain only ever sees the one colour - "skin". So this is my attempt at breaking skin down a little bit. Still experimenting ...

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6 comments:

Julie Oakley said...

lovely – and you've done a great job of the foreshortening

Bitterjug said...

Yeah, quite apart from the colouring, which is lovely, the draughtsmanship in this painting is beautiful. The forshortinging is very difficult to get right but you have observed it well, the curves of stomach and breast reflect the mass of the body well and the bottom of her foot is just perfect. Exccellent technical nude.

sooziebee said...

The girl done good! Hey Mithi,grea work
x

Claudine said...

Which figure painter's work do you like?

littlemithi said...

To answer you Claudine, I have no idea... Its not something I have looked into as I'm not so interested in images of 'People'. Its something I'm only just exploring - I have in my head things I've seen (and actually wanted to put a link to an example of what I meant but could not find something suitable - partly because I don't know the names of the artists that paint that way).

ksklein said...

very nice... looks good on the toned paper.