Over the last few weeks, my appetite for Figure drawing and for Portraiture found its way back to the studio…
After months longing to find a proper subject and hardly having the motivation to paint, I felt the urge to revisit some of my previous studies and do more advanced work. I used as well a bit of time to dive into old films, videos and books about the masters I admire – being able to specify why I love their works or what attracts me towards specific pieces may as well be a way to help me in finding WHAT I want to paint – (I amassed an impressive collection of Art books over the years, but somehow always end in diving into two great masters retrospectives : Rembrandt and Lucian Freud – looking at their works, interest turns into fascination).
After these sessions, I have two learnings : First, I want to use Portraiture or Figure drawing to crystalize some of the feelings I get from observing the world. Either doubts or faith in Human beauty, emotions, I would use a subject – maybe unconsciously – because I know it will help me to revisit my thoughts. Knowing this, I need to be more selective on the way I select my models, who, what I paint, probably get out of the usual pictures and models photographs I can find, but rather work with my own sources. Second, I need to do more on each piece and with more honesty – give more work, take more risks and give more time, more dedication to observing and crafting my drawing thoughts.
More to come on this subject… In the meantime, I was focusing on this model, this time with pastels (I did a charcoal drawing of the same model by the past). She is looking forward, with intelligence and gravity.
I added all the main steps to the finished painting. Here we go :
A Portrait Study – Pastel