Learning about proportion is definitely key in realistically configuring the human body. The first few sessions were quite challenging because I realized that I wasn’t being lose in my movements and was gripping the brush too strongly which restrained me from doing any quick motions. Another key realization that I came about after a few sessions was how important it is to look at the model rather than look at your paper. I noticed that the more I looked at the model, the more realistic and well-proportioned my work was as opposed to staring at my paper which is when I started imagining what I was seeing. During the long poses sections I found that I was rather quick in outlining the model and blocking in the lights and shadows. However, when trying to blend my figure would lose its 3D aspect and the paint would start getting muddy. I learned that by layering and letting each layer dry thoroughly I was able to avoid this. Color choice is equally important in figure painting; I noticed how much it helped bring out certain features of the human body, define forms and strengthen contrasts. Figure drawing has helped me work on observation and working with segmented periods of time. It has also helped me work with the human body in relation to space. I intend to keep practicing, not necessarily with paint but figure drawing in general because of the huge observational improvements I have seen so far.
1 min figure drawings, acrylic paint dissolved with water
30 sec figure drawings acrylic paint dissolved with water
30 sec figure drawings, acrylic paint dissolved with water
2 session figure drawing, acrylic paint and gloss medium
3 session figure drawing, acrylic paint and gloss medium