Some good friends in the audience took some step-by-step pictures which I thought I would share to show my demo process. So here they are!
Thank you to Les Boudoirs Boutique, my lovely model Amina, and all who attended.
|"Les Boudoirs to Degas"|
By Johanna Spinks
|It always feels good at the end.|
|The Pose: Who can go wrong painting the beautiful Amina in a lovely Les Boudoirs corset?|
|The start. Quick charcoal lines to loosen up on a toned board just like Degas and Lautrec used.|
|Gestural drawing to capture the movement of the figure. Trying to say a loose as string.|
|Off to paint we go, blocking in light and dark side of forms. Thinking solid forms!|
|Working up the elements, knowing I have things pretty much in place now, and the corset will be icing on the cake. Much easier to paint for me than the body and face. I know at this point the demo is going to be fine.|
|Blocking in features of face, keeping them loose and pushed back. One can't paint a fully developed portrait and a figure in just three hours. Something has to give. In this case, the face is kept loose and sketchy through to the end.|
|Close-up: Oh, what fun. I added some new drawing lines in to complete the sketchy feel.|