Draw this Again – Underpainting

Finally a warm sunny day off.  Sun blazing in my tiny basement window I rolled out of bed, and hoisted my artwork to the studio for some underpainting.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned through all my silly mistakes, it’s to start with the background.  Oh the struggles I’ve had to fix when a background goes wrong and messes up hours of meticulous work. Slapping down a black circle I set out to slapping down some colour.

It’s been at least a year since I’ve done any painting other than watercolour, and 8 years since I tried using acrylic.  Taking a deep breadth I hoped that I could figure out how to blend and move the material before it dried too quickly.

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Upon initially setting down pigment though, I discovered a different dilemma.  Yeah the paint is giving me a hard time drying too fast, but it also covers up my lines more than I thought it would.  An obvious statement when said out loud, but I still had to free hand the nose, mouth, and eyes back in where I could sort of see the lines. Tomorrow’s quest is to start fixing some of the worse shapes. I can’t do anything without natural light.

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Off to the side you go blue lady.  I’ll deal with you later.

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One thought on “Draw this Again – Underpainting

  1. I actually think she is looking wonderful! :-) she is already a lot different than the first you painted, but I think that’s okay. Beats as artists, in time our styles may change (or improve). Looking forward to more posts! :-)

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