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

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Figure sketches

Figure sketches

Figure sketches

Figure sketches

Michelangelo – a male nude study

Michelangelo – a male nude study

Ruben’s Haman Study

Ruben’s Haman Study

Figure Studies

 

Figure Studies (Glenn Vilppu)

Figure Studies (Glenn Vilppu)

Pages from my sketchbook

 

Figure Studies (Glenn Vilppu)

Figure Studies (Glenn Vilppu)

Figure Studies (Glenn Vilppu)

Figure Studies (Glenn Vilppu)

Arm studies (Glenn Vilppu)

Arm studies (Glenn Vilppu)

Box forms (Glenn Vilppu)

Box forms (Glenn Vilppu)

Drapery and folds

Folds (Glenn Vilppu)

Folds (Glenn Vilppu)

 

 

Drapery (Glenn Vilppu)

Drapery (Glenn Vilppu)

 

Drapery (Glenn Vilppu)

Drapery (Glenn Vilppu)

Figure Studies – 8

Happy Anniversary!

 

Hope you enjoy my latest drawing:

Figure studies – 7

Aishwarya  and I go a long time back ……ha .. ha…. I used to love looking at her, she´s so perfectly beautiful, it used to fill me with something…….inspiration… energy… I don´t know, at that time I wasn´t painting so I didn´t know what to do with it/about it, now I know…. duh……….pick up the brushes!  I feel she has never looked more beautiful than in her red saree in the Tirupathi photos:

Aishwarya Abhishek Bachan

Aishwarya Abhishek Bachan

stages

Figure studies – 6

with the winds..

with the winds..

The light coming from the right side makes strong highlights on the hair and right half of the shirt. I have blurred the outline for the bottom left half of the shirt, to give it an element of motion, to look like its flapping with the wind.

Figure Studies – 5

       

                 These spring days are long and lovely, warm and sunny here in this corner of the world, perfect for cycling, having picnics with friends, spotting wild flowers in the woods (o.k, I admit, also plucking a few) and trying to beat husband at badminton (I´m tempted to write beating husband instead of trying to beat, but I think he´ll be reading this!) Meanwhile I haven´t neglected my drawing practice even with a sore forearm(!), so I have something to show for you:
 
Figure studies - 6

Familie oder Karriere?

       

 stages

Figure studies – 4

 

fig studies -4

You think he´ll be there??

 

                 Draw a vertical line, and then a line about 30° anti-clockwise to that, for the figure leans a bit in the backward direction. A line diagonal to this for the line of the legs. I then drew a basic skeletal structure on top of these lines. Draw the head, mark the bust line which will be one head-length below the chin, another head-length below that will be the navel region. The hip to the knee will be two heads and knee to the foot another two heads. Draw the hands, the dress, I removed some layers and frills..ya…..so´s besser….like a Manga character´s dress. Draw some locks in the hair and some deep shadows in between them. Deeper shadows on the left hand side of the face and dress. Finish up with finer details.

Figure Studies -4 (stages)

Figure studies -3

 

You got to be kidding me...really??

You got to be kidding me...really??

You got to be kidding me......really??

You got to be kidding me......really??

Make a gesture line for the first step, to show the curve of the spine.

step 1

step 3

step 4

step 5

step 6

 

           For the creases in the shirt, I put the darkest shadows first, then smudged the whole area with a cotton bud to get a middle tone. Darkened the shadows again, put in a few more mid tones and then lifted out highlights above the dark creases with a sharp eraser.

Figure studies -2

 

Is he coming for dinner....?

Is he coming for dinner....?

Figure studies -1

figure studies -1

You were saying...?

      

                 Hi everyone. I had been learning about Indian art these past few weeks. I found a book on sculptures and that got me hooked and I couldn´t stop and I went on to read other books on the subject….Temple architecture and sculpture had always been very fascinating for me. I promise to write something about it soon. Meanwhile here´s a drawing I made yesterday. Yeah…. figure drawing is on the top of my Things to Learn list… ha …..

                   Like for any other subject, its important to establish the proportions first. Do this before you start anything else. The average human figure usually has eight heads. That is, you can fit the length of the head 8 times in the figure in the standing position.  Super human figures are generally drawn with 9 heads. This figure has close to 4 heads from head to hip in this sitting position. Once you have marked the positions from head to chin, chin to waist, waist to hip, start establishing the widths; the maximum width of the face, the shoulders, waist and where the dress ends.         

establishing the proportions

                      Next, the tilts are very important. The tilt of the head, the shoulders and the hips (they can be in different directions). Here, the face is not exactly looking straight, its tilted a little to the left (our left) so that the right eye, the right side of the nose and the right side of the mouth are all placed slightly  higher than the left counterparts.  Place the position of the arms properly and after you have done this, it is pretty much smooth sailing. Sketch in the locks of the hair, refine the features, draw  the folds in the (that gorgeous) dress.    

establishing the proportions