Today, some little frogs as I am one! I made these illustrations for a friend in 2001.
To start, I sketch many little frogs with different items: beret, wine, cheese, petanque. The purpose of these illustrations was to characterize the France and the french. And what characterize more french culture than wine, cheese and frog?
The next step is the watercolourisation! I love this medium for its light and its freshness. It suits perfectly the subject which would have to be fresh, light and funny, like a frog jumping out of the water. But the painting above has been retouched with Potoshop in 2001 when I was not really accustomed to this aplication. And so the result lacks lightness.
In the painting below, the skin has been painted in 2001 but I finished the colourisation today with Photoshop. The execution is lighter than the first one.
A last one, just for the pleasure! I coloured this one yesterday from a drawing made in 2008.
I learned the figure expression art at a School Art from male and female models. There was much more female than male but for a beginner like myself it was enough to understand the human proportion, the body movement and the different body parts arrangement.
At the beginning the artist’s models were some various roman sculptures or stone carvings.
Drawing from an original model is completely different than from a picture (photos or drawing) since each eye see something gently variant. Besides, we tend to not draw what we see but what we suppose to see. This is the reason of the bad nose, mouth and eyes picturing in the two pictures above.
During the second year at this school, I started to draw human model. It’s much more complicated since the person is not really able to hold a static pose during more than 5 minutes. Although, it’s a good exercise for drawing outline before paying attention to the details.
Before the model strikes another pose every drawers were looking at other’s works and were showing their own work to compare and find the single detail which unbalance the structure: the split between the chest and the hip of the woman for instance or the position of the man’s hands. In the mean time it was an interesting discover of numerous approach, styles and techniques. In fact it was the same reason which led me up to use the pastel and the oil paint in the pictures below.
The oil pastels were the most adapted to the conditions: outline drawing and fast execution. In the other picture, I used the oil paint as if it was watercolour on a light paper. But this medium doesn’t really fit with the subject.
In conclusion, this drawing was my last work during these art lessons. Through this picture, I tried to draw the woman and to depict, above all, her soul: light and radiant. To draw a parallel with the other woman’s picture, the first model in the painting was more interested by herself and her wonderful beauty picturing than the second one. She was like a sparrow: sad but smiling, cold, selfish but betting on her aspect while the second model was paying more attention at her movement and her pose to help along the drawers.
Today, two samples of painting. I painted both when I was 17 to test the different technical methods. Oil painting is perfect for adding numerous alterations. In fact, it was also my favourite medium since I was a little bit too perfectionnist and never really satisfied about my rendered. On the other hand, I love the brightness, delicacy and simplicity of the watecolour.
The painting below was made from an advertising. Iwas especially interested by the red and yellow dominant in the desert landscape. In this painting, the mountains are stained by a red and yelow shaded tones due to the sunset and to the stones colour.
All the brushstrokes have been intentionally left unrefined for bringing out the wild part of the nature, the strength of the stone and the heat of the fire. Finally, the sun without paint coat seems like a hole of light above all.
The second painting is completely different from the first one. The first characterizes the fire, the second is more refreshing with the use of green and blue tones. The latter illustrates the peace and the silence of the nature living in an ancien stone backyard which seems cool and humid under the vegetation’s shadow.