Portrait: David – Larger than Life

24/09/15

Portrait: David – Larger than Life

First day of a new term! Typically, as I am nearing the end of the Figure and Portrait section in my painting course, we have just had our summer break from portrait and life classes.  Never mind – onwards and upwards!

As per usual, we started our first lesson of term with drawing, but today we had to go LARGE.  Well, A2, was the largest paper I had. The brief was to draw our model’s face, in extreme close-up, his features had to engulf the entire paper. The main lesson learnt was that where, in smaller scale, an expanse of cheek may be hinted at and not dwelled upon, in this size, it had a life of its own – it couldn’t be glossed over.  It was easy to start to reduce the scale as you moved through the drawing and many students did so – especially those sat down.  Those of us who were stood at easels, regularly stood back and could see when we were slipping in to small habits.  My main stumbling point was highlights, in my usual scale of working, these are small and less is more, however, at this size, everything had to be exaggerated. We made one drawing up to tea break, and another after – the second had less time. However, we were more comfortable with the scale at this point and managed to produce a more complete drawing, even with the addition of hands. Great fun – next week… smaller than A4 – oh dear!

David - close-up Charcoal on A2 paper

David – close-up
Charcoal on A2 paper

David - close-up with hands Charcoal on A2 paper

David – close-up with hands
Charcoal on A2 paper

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