Portraits/Figure Drawing

Since, aside from being an artist, I also run an art camp for young artists, I felt it best to separate my figure drawing pieces from the home page, as it consists of nude figures. All of these pieces (with two labeled exceptions) have been drawn from life. This is probably my favorite way to work, so I wanted to share. They are displayed in reverse chronological order (oldest work at the bottom, newest at the top). Enjoy!

Let You Down, 2012; Medium-Watercolor. Please click to enlarge.

Let You Down, 2012; Medium-Watercolor.  Click to enlarge.

This is a self-portrait from life, inspired by the song “Let You Down” by Dave Matthews Band. I had spent a good amount of time working with clay, and wanted to return to watercolor.

Are my eyes really brown?, 2012; Medium-Micron pen. Click to enlarge.

This is a portrait of Humphrey Bogart as Rick from Casablanca. I used many different photo references to create one composite portrait. . I love Casablanca, and am currently planning portraits of Sam and Ilsa as well. The technique, stipple, was chosen an excuse to go back to penwork, which I had missed deeply.

Untitled, 2012; Medium-Watercolor, ballpoint pen. Click to enlarge.

This was my final piece for my independent study in watercolor for figure studies. This is a continuation of the “Study of Imagination” series I began in 2011 (found below), that features both myself and Rocky. I drew myself from life, and used photo references for Rocky, as well as the skulls. I spent about twelve hours on this piece. This was done spring semester of 2012, my third year of college.

Plaster cast study, 2012; Medium-Watercolor. Please click to enlarge

This is a three-hour study of a plaster cast of a female torso. I wanted to put a different emphasis on the negative space on this piece, as well as focus on the simplicity of the cast’s form. This was done spring semester of 2012, my third year of college.

A Crownless King, 2012; Medium-Watercolor and white charcoal. Please click to enlarge

This was a two-hour study of Erl, my favorite model. He is previously featured in “Sad Little King On A Sad Little Hill” (below). I love its simplicity, and am quite proud of it. This was done spring semester of 2012, my third year of college.

JJ, 2012; Medium-Watercolor. Please click to enlarge

Detail: JJ; Medium-Watercolor. Please click to enlarge

This is JJ, featured before in “Who Dares Disturb My Slumber?” (below). He remains one of my favorite models, and always manages to look regal. This was a six-hour study. This is the beginning piece in my semester of independent study for figure drawing; rather than drawing I am using watercolor as my medium of choice. The rest of my figure pieces for the semester will feature watercolors. This was done spring semester of 2012, my third year of college.

A Study of Imagination, Self-Portrait, 2011; Medium-Watercolor, ballpoint pen. Please click to enlarge

This is my self-portrait final for my life drawing course. It emphasizes that without imagination, the human body becomes cold and dull. I decided to do this as a self-portrait because imagination is such a huge part of my daily life. Obviously not entirely drawn from life, although the portrait itself is, the bone structure and brain are taken from photo references online. I spent roughly 10 hours on this piece. This was done fall semester of 2011, my junior year of college.

Rebecca, 2011; Medium-Watercolor, graphite, white pastel. Please click to enlarge

My professor decided to challenge us with two light sources; one was a yellow (warm) light, and the other was a blue (cool) light. The challenge came from picking the shadows out of the cool light, and how to convey the two colors on the model’s body. I wanted to create a strong vertical composition to complement her pose as well as the light. This was a nine-hour/three-day pose. This was a six-hour/two-day pose. This was done fall semester of 2011, my junior year of college.

8008125, 2011; Medium-Carbon pencil, yellow, blue, and white pastels. Please click to enlarge

My professor decided to challenge us with two light sources; one was a yellow (warm) light, and the other was a blue (cool) light. The challenge came from picking the shadows out of the cool light, and how to convey the two colors on the model’s body. This was a six-hour/two-day pose. This was done fall semester of 2011, my junior year of college.

Who Dares Disturb My Slumber?, 2011; Medium-Carbon pencil, white pastel. Please click to enlarge

This is JJ, one of my absolute favorite models. This was a nine-hour/three-day pose of JJ looking quite intimidating. The lighting was wonderfully dramatic. This was done fall semester of 2011, my junior year of college.

Becky, 2011; Medium-Carbon pencil. Please click to enlarge

This was a six-hour/two-day pose with Becky, where I decided to draw a cropped area of the body rather than the entire thing, to further explore the geometric shapes and angles that the human body can create. This was done fall semester of 2011, my junior year of college.

Chest Study, Anthony, 2011; Medium-Vine charcoal, carbon pencil. Please click to enlarge

This is a three-hour study drawing of Anthony. This was done fall semester of 2011, my junior year of college.

Quite, 2011; Medium-Carbon pencil, white pastel, watercolor. Please click to enlarge

This was my final project for Introduction to Life Drawing: a self-portrait. We were only allowed to draw what we saw, so I drew this from a mirror, and actually drew on the mirror for the cartoony bits. I put about 8 hours into it. This was done spring semester of 2011, my sophomore year of college.

Rebecca’s Legs, 2011; Medium-Carbon pencil, white pastel on colored paper. Please click to enlarge

This was my final in-class drawing for my Introduction to Life Drawing course. This was a 12-hour/four-day pose, so I really had time to capture the details I wanted. Foreshortening of her leg was challenging but actually quite fun.

Becky, 2011; Medium-Carbon pencil, white pastel on tinted paper. Please click to enlarge

This was a 12-hour/four-day pose, that I am quite proud of. Foreshortening was a challenge, but well worth it. This was done spring semester of 2011, my sophomore year of college.

Sad Little King On A Sad Little Hill, 2011; Medium-Carbon pencil, white pastel on colored paper. Please click to enlarge.

This is Erl, a heavily tattooed-and-pierced model who I love to draw. This was a nine-hour/three-day pose, and Erl is depicted without his tattoos, and without most of his body modifications. This was done spring semester of 2011, my sophomore year of college.

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