Thursday, April 21, 2011

April's First Charcoal

March was not an inspiring month for me; I finished no paintings and my drawings turned on me.

When I tell people that I draw and paint the response is often, "Oh nice, that must be so relaxing."
To which I grimace and think to myself "bloody idiot!"

There is nothing relaxing about drawing or painting at the level that I attempt to, and there is no pleasure in it either, but there is enormous pleasure in having finished a piece, especially when it works.


Charcoal drawing of a seated Nude by South African artist, Stephen Scott
April's started off much better than March - it felt good to have finished this drawing.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Guest Artist - Emilie Houssart

I had a disastrous drawing session last week; I eventually rubbed out the face of the nude I was working on and replaced it with a pie dish... Everything was going wrong.
(Lucky this week's drawing was a success - it needs another hour or so of work before I can publish it here.)
I was feeling despondent so I started looking for tutorials on how to draw in charcoal and I was also looking for inspiration. In Google i searched for "Charcoal nudes."

In in doing so I found these Beautiful Nudes by Dutch painter Emilie Houssart (currently in Texas) - you can see her work here: http://www.emiliehoussart.org

Take a few minutes to go over to her website and explore her drawings and paintings.

To whet your appetite, take a look at these spectacular drawings:






Female Nude Study
Charcoal on paper





Female Nude Back Study
Charcoal on paper


If you have any favorite artists that have examples of beautiful nudes, please leave a comment, or send an email telling me about them.
 
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