A Lovely Line [female nude]

1 Jun

I had a nice life drawing in my sketchbook and decided to take it a stage further into a fully worked-up drawing and then, eventually, into a full-colour reduction monotype. I stretched a sheet of Bockingford 250gsm and gave it a couple of coats of rabbit skin glue, then washes of acrylic paint in yellow ochre, permanent rose and cerulean blue. That was the easy bit. When I rework a sketchbook piece, I don’t just scale it up, I adapt it to fit the shape of the monotype plate, correct any bad bits in the original and aim to get a lovely line, even if that means altering it.

I’m pretty happy with the linework on this new drawing; there’s a bit to do on the hands and hair still, and then I’ll start working in some highlights and tones into the body and darken the background. So far I’ve just used willow charcoal, but I’ll probably develop the piece now with compressed charcoal and white and transparent oil bars. I’ll do the monotype from a linear tracing, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. It’s taken me two half-days to get this far; I can’t keep it up for a full day because I stop being able to see it and need an overnight break to look at it afresh.

8 Responses to “A Lovely Line [female nude]”

  1. notes to the milkman June 5, 2012 at 20:32 #

    I just love your blog so I’ve nomonated you for the Sunshine Award. I said “Scribblah can scribble some great scribbles. I particularly like her life scribbles.”
    The link is here: http://notestothemilkman.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/and-talking-of-awards/#comment-120

  2. jhv57 June 4, 2012 at 15:38 #


  3. notes to the milkman June 2, 2012 at 23:28 #

    Pardon my ignorance but what are “transparent oil bars”? Are they like oil pastels?

  4. Alli Farkas June 1, 2012 at 22:47 #

    It’s always reassuring to me as an artist to know that somebody else besides me also needs an “overnight break” to be able to see what’s actually going on in a work in progress!

    • Rosie Scribblah June 1, 2012 at 22:51 #

      Titian used to do his underpainting then turn the canvas to the wall for 6 months before completing it, so we’re in good company 🙂

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