Figures in Walnut Stain
I’ve been fooling around with Virtual Pose, trying to work out a way to draw figures quickly enough with walnut stain to be able to use it in life class, where we have lots of very quick poses. The teacher tells me it’s possible… I’ve tried painting the stain on first, and then you need to let it dry before you can work into it with pencil. I also need to work into it with water, lightening certain areas, and sometimes white gouache. I also tried drawing first, which gives more precise, if somewhat less poetic, drawings, but actually seems to take me even longer. If anyone is used to working with wash in a figure class, I’d be interested to hear from you. Maybe I’m just very very slow.
Anyway, here are some of the ones I like the best. These are too big to scan, so I photographed them – some are a little blurry.