View Full Version : INDEPENDENCE Day demo

07-04-2002, 06:34 PM
I have time to myself and a picture that has been rolling around for a few months.
Ok, so we all admire Degas. It is the rare pastellist that doesn't have SOME part of his genre that inspired their craft.
I work in a beauty shop and we have the most bored assistants, who, like the women Degas knew, perform menial tasks with all the energy they deserve.
One day, I came upon our former lackey folding towels.
She is uniquely beautiful. Huge lips deep eyes, and BORED BORED BORED!
So I snapped some pictures.
The GOAL is to modernize Degas.
It is only half done, so here is another chapter of How I Love My Digital Cam.....
First, I sketched in charcoal:

I want to have a feel for the darkest darks, the shapes and general layout.

It is watercolor paper....(oops. a full 1/2 sheet from my block, so I goofed and it is an odd size drat!!!) so I wash in color areas. I put reds and violets under the skin so the golds and yellows will rich up.

I would normally have done darker tones, it makes the colors sing more, but I used my watercolors, not much acrylic and it makes a thinner wash. Not really relevant, just to break the white.

Then I start with the chalks over. See how nice the skin tones develop:
I have done most of this in hard to semi-soft. Haven't even broken into my Terry's for the "BUTTA" effect.

This is where I am now.
I have stopped and am spraying with a workable fixative just to tooth it up a little.

I am avoiding white in the folded towels as long as I can.
Sally Strand taught me how to see all the colors of light and now that I am NOT in her class, I am not so hard core, but by spraying these harder sticks, it will deepen most of the colors and allow me to keep adding whiter colors.

Well the fumes must have blown over so I can go back now.
Check me later

07-04-2002, 06:43 PM
Very nice and instructive these step-by-step demos!
Thank you for showing your way of working.
I like your work very much.


07-04-2002, 07:40 PM
Best way to take a break is to analyze what you have.
I am thinking about my lights now. It is a bit harder because it was generally diffuse light but taken with a strobe so there is no interesting light shapes.


Stepping into my box of rich buttery soft pastels now.
I over scribble a lot with my hard pastels too. I feel stuck with them as is so I am off to new tools

very close to stopping....running out of light for the digital pix!!! he he he


07-05-2002, 07:26 AM
Thank you so much for this demo. It is always interesting and informative to see how other people approach their work. It's excellent I love it already so far and look forward to the finished picture.

07-05-2002, 07:45 AM

What type of watercolor paper is this? I think I mean as in cold press, hot press, 140 lb., 300lb. I see these descriptions used all the time. I would like to try watercolor or acrylic underpainting but have no clue which paper to use.

I don't enjoy the "puckiness" (is that a word) of watercolor paper. Would like to try something smoother. Which paper would work well for this? Could you describe the watercolor paper surfaces for us. Something closer to the canson surface.

I am enjoying your demo.

Thanks geri

ps did you get your entry form for the pastel exhibition??

07-05-2002, 11:06 AM
And thank you Gloria, I have the form, all I need it to decide about the entries.....

About that paper.
I use cold press 140# Arches in a block.
It has puckiness. It is the texture that is nice, but if the wet wobble is what keeps you away, use a block or stretch it like a fine watercolor. Sally Strand showed us how to wet it and staple it to a piece of plywood with a few layers of newspaper under it so the sticks had give when you drew.
When I underpaint, I like to use a really cheap housepaint brush and scrub like heck. It makes tooth to hold the chalks and opens up the paper. I also dry it with a hair dryer really well. It all shrinks back nice and flat so the surface is just fine to work on.
Remember the underpainting is ... well if you do beautiful skin tones on violet paper, under paint violet for the skin...it makes islands of your favorite tones under the colors you are going to use.
Make sense? Also, keep it washy or use watercolor. Thick textural acrylic paint gets slippery.