Head drawing sketches

One is showing the planes of the head from a portrait painting by Frédéric Fiebig and the other from a sculpture, added a bit of landscape around it for fun:

Head drawing sketches

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Sketchbook page- Angel fantasy

I am exploring ideas for future paintings. I want to do something that touches the fantasy, old Germanic mythologies and spiritual realms. I liked this sketch that’s inspired from an angel statue but I ran out of place before I could develop this idea further, silly me! It’s done in burnt umber and sanguine colored pencils. The other drawings in graphite are of the eye and mouth in perspective from Bargue plates and the woman from a Waterhouse drawing:

Angel fantasy sketch

Angel fantasy sketch

Fantasy illustration sketch

Just doodling around from imagination searching for ideas:

Fantasy illustration sketch
I bought a few books on fantasy illustration recently including a Kindle one by Thomas Kidd “Other worlds: How to imagine, paint and create epic scenes of fantasy”. I haven’t yet gone through them properly but just having them around inspires me tremendously! One is a calligraphy exercise book to practice for when I am not too keen on anything else.

Fantasy illustration books

Sketchbook pages

Here a sketch of a very dear friend of mine, SriLakshmi, liked this pose where she is in a reflective mood having coffee at a café. Didn’t do her any justice, however, she is more beautiful!

Young woman drinking coffee sketch
Sketchbook page window, woman

Finished study

Color study after Morgan Weistling in watercolor

Progress on the study

I have pretty much used the same colors as I did on the last one, the mixes leaning more towards raw umber than towards raw sienna for the hair specially is cooler. I used ultramarine violet too which I forgot to mention for my previous study, very useful for neutralising the yellows effectively. Ultramarine blue is a mistake I guess, it sediments too much giving a texture on the face, but I don’t know what else I can use, its a nice warm blue that neutralises yellows (leaning towards green), cobalt blue does also sediment a bit. I think the tones on this portrait looks more cohesive than my previous attempt, I applied an overall first wash for the face cooler on the forehead, warmer and more saturated in the middle region of cheeks and nose and more neutral in the bottom third of the face. Then added glazes to go darker and add color temp variations instead of looking for variations right from the beginning:

Color study after Morgan Weistling in watercolor

Another sketch..

Prepared another sketch, this one too is after a portrait study by Morgan Weistling, its in low light of a beautiful ,young girl with light coloring and light blond hair:

Portrait sketch

I am going to start on it tomorrow with daylight to paint maybe after changing the sketch or redrawing it ..the portrait looks to be of a younger girl than what I have drawn here, the facial features are clustered more towards the lower half of the face in children.

Color study after Morgan Weistling


Color study after Morgan Weistling

Painting this was a lot of fun, love his color sense, though I brought out the colors a bit more than his more neutral ones. Looking for warm cool color relationships and stating light dark patterns effectively. Here are the first washes, used very few colors, raw sienna, raw umber, burnt sienna, walnut brown, mangan violet, quin magenta and ultramarine blue.

Color study after Morgan Weistling

Portrait girl study

Started another study in a smaller format, after Morgan Weistling:

Study after Morgan Weistling

I am not sure whether to play it safe and do it in watercolors or use the tiling method for painting in gouche?

Portrait study

I have given up on it, it’s too frustrating, working in a new medium and the first time I am painting a portrait. On the plus side I have learnt a lot of things,like, starting from the darks first, colour in shadows, accurate values without glazing, judging color temperatures, noticing color transitions; and … painting a portrait (hee!)

Master study

Just prepared a sketch for doing a portrait study of Sargent’s Lady Agnew. I found a cool demo in oils on utube, I just have to translate it in Gouche! I have been meaning to learn the medium properly:

Sketch after Sargent's Lady Agnew

Two more color studies

Color studies

Color studies

Color studies

Just trying out random color combinations with pastels:

Color studies

Horse gestures

Did animal gestures from some lovely graphics I found on pinterest:

Horse sketches

Horse sketches

Sketchbook pages

I have been doing some random sketching; fantasy, an illustration after Franklin Booth, animal gestures e.t.c

Fantasy illustration

Illustration after Franklin Booth

Animal gestures

Animal gestures

Munsell hue circles

I have just finished making some new hue circles. I wanted to place my paints in the right positions in the munsell circle:

Unfinished sketch

Lost momentum while doing this:

Abstract artwork

I had not been doing anything in color from a long time, I am going through a tough time personally and it has been hard to get out the colors, today I thought I would do a simple exercise in color studies from the Virtual art academy course to sort of ease into the process, but I ended up with this abstract artwork inspired from a mushroom. The whole thing has been done wet-in-wet after I had carefully mixed in all the colors before hand:

Abstract art

Geheimebücherregal (secret bookshelf)

Fantasy art - bookshelf