I had a hard time with yesterdays session. I was trying to do quick sketches with ink washes which I've never really attempted before. It generated some interesting results, but nothing great. It wasn't until the last two twenty minute poses that I took a deep breath and really focused on getting the form right. Those last two poses (below) turned out beautifully in my opinion.
As I mentioned in last weeks post I wanted to really focus on pushing value and making sure I included mid tones in the areas where there is more general mid tone relative to another part of the body. I also worked with ink washes.
What I learned
Spending 3 hours of straight critical drawing can be very exhausting, especially after a long days work, but it's seems to be just the right amount of time to generate what I call a mini-breakthrough and work within the framework of that new insight.
I feel like I did a great job with pushing the values more and I think it added a lot of interest and dimension to my work. But the blue that I used, while beautiful, couldn't quite hit the deep darks that needed to occur.
What I am going to do next time
I've purchased some black ink and a white paint pen today for next week. My plan is to yet again focus on value, but with the added tools of a white for very selective highlights and black ink to really push back those deep shadows. I think both will be used very minimally, but should add yet another level of depth and dimensionality that is going to make these pop.