Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Last Drawing Class and Some Experimenting

It was the last painting and drawing class last night, until the end of April. I continued to work on my portrait of Scott as a little boy, which I realised I hadn't touched for 5 weeks!

5 weeks ago

last night

reference photo

I still have a lot of adjustments to make. He looks too chubby in my drawing! I still think the mouth needs changing as well. I've really struggled with the mouth.

Today I received some coloured slips that I had ordered. (Fir green and Cocoa)

I have been so excited about trying some sgraffito with these that now they have arrived I'm completely exhausted! Still, I've rolled out some tiles and left them to dry.

I don't know if it is noticeable in the photo, but I actually mixed some of the green slip with the white clay to see how it would come out, so the larger tile is just white (although it obviously looks grey because it's wet) and the other two tiles are slightly green. I'm wondering if I mixed in enough of it now though. I just rolled out clay, painted on the slip, then folded it over and rolled it out again, and repeated the process again and again. Then I wedged it before rolling it out to cut the tiles.

As well as trying some sgraffito, I also want to experiment with inlaying slips and maybe some marbling. Hmmm... maybe I should have made more tiles! Of course I will photo-document each stage to share with you :)


Kathy L said...


What a handsome dude Scott was this age! Without seeing the original I would say this is a lovely portrait but with seeing the original I would agree with you that you need to slim up his face some. I think that the mouth is pretty darn good but may his teet need to touch that bottom lip? But you know, even if you did not work on it anymore, you can tell who it is!


Undaunted said...

Kathy, he's still a handsome dude!

Thank you so much for your advice. After looking at the same portrait for so long I get to the point where I can't see what's wrong. I find taking a photo of the drawing helps with that though. I agree that his teeth need to be larger, and I think his smile needs to be wider too. It is amazing how much difference a millimetre here and there makes, isn't it?

Anita remembers Scott from school and she thinks it is a good likeness, but it has to be perfect - it's for his Mum!

Leanne Pizio said...

Love it!
I think the mouth is awesome. I have the hardest time with mouths. It is a really good likeness of him.

Undaunted said...

Thank you so much Leanne! I had been warned before that teeth were really difficult (can't remember who by, maybe Jafabrit?) but you're right - I don't think any part of the mouth is easy! It's always the part that I really struggle with.