Poor And Skinny

11 Dec

11 egon 1

I was tidying up the other day and found an old life drawing that I’d forgotten about. I like it very much so I’ve started working it up into a mixed media drawing. People often tell me that my nudes remind them of Egon Schiele’s work. I’m very flattered by this because he’s one of my favourite artists. I often wonder if I’m too influenced by him, but to be honest, I’d developed my style of drawing many years before I discovered Schiele’s work. When I first saw his nudes, I’d found a kindred spirit.

The nudes that look most like his work are based on thin models. It’s easy to forget that a century ago, poverty was widespread and most of Schiele’s models were not fashionably skinny, they were poor and malnourished. My model here is small and she’s been a dancer all her life, which is why she’s thin. It’s easy to accentuate her angles and that lends a Schiele quality to the drawing.

egon in progress 1

Here’s the mixed media work in progress. I’ve spent about 4 hours on it so far. I coated some Fabriano Accademica in rabbit skin glue then applied acrylic colour washes in yellow, red and blue. Then I worked on it randomly with compressed charcoal and fixed it. Now I’m working up the nude image in oilbars. Still a few hours ago.

7 Responses to “Poor And Skinny”

  1. allesistgut December 13, 2012 at 14:07 #

    Great. The very sketch is awesome. And thank you for your kind words for my oil painting.
    Have a nice day!

  2. Tin Roof Press December 12, 2012 at 21:13 #

    love it – i didn’t get egon schiele straight away though. its more you.

  3. Patricia G McParlin December 12, 2012 at 00:11 #

    And yours!

  4. Patricia G McParlin December 12, 2012 at 00:09 #

    Yes…wonderful lines in his work

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