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Monday, July 23, 2012

Life Drawing & Face Expression

Hi, Friends, how is your weekend? Did you enjoy it? 
Now, this week, I'll chat over my approach to life drawing and face expressions. As I'm a portraitist, a face often interests me most even in life drawing. Then, I choose the most interesting point. Only one. Not many.

Below, the model's eyes caught my heart. A rest of other visual information is simplified. His "mood" comes up that made me happy! I'm planning to make this work on A2 Arche paper and create a backgroud. Hopefully, these free brush strokes will happen again.
            Lion Against a Wind (A2)

This lady looked happy and relaxing. I made it in a few minutes! Quick job always gives me interesting results.
 Relaxing (A2)
A same model shows different personalities that fascinate me. This model is the first man, but I felt him like a philosopher or a man in a cold wind. 
Technically, I tried not to do overwork. (*I felt too busy around his cheek and stopped paiting at once).

Philosopher (A2) 
So, my steps to get on a face are ...
1) Choose one topic = What most interests you? 
Eyes? Nose? Mouth? What else such as a mood? Only one, not two or many. Then, I focus on the topic.
2) Simplify a rest.
Omit other information. If necessary, I leave out other areas blank. 
3) Emphasize the focal point.   
With colour? Lines? Angle? Distortion? Different media? What else? Up to your techniques.  

Also, in watercolour painting, timing to stop a brush stroke is critically important. Don't do overwork!

Now, KuRingGai Art Society is having the annual exhibition. I've put two paintings, the life drawing and Sydeny uni below.

Today, we, life drawing class members will have dinner together. The class is planning to have a same model with a one posture from 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Sounds nice, doesn't it? 
You, too, Frirends, have a wonderful week and Happy Painting!!  




 Sydney University. 




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36 comments:

  1. Oh, the things you will do in the life drawing class for hours!! And dinner together gives you all a chance to talk and learn, too :) Sounds like a wonderful opportunity and I hope I can learn to focus on one thing only in the portrait and then make the rest less important - and overworking, that's my middle name - but I'll try! ha ha Have a wonderful week, SuperSadami!

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    1. Hi, Rhonda,
      Really, "hours"! I feel our class is nice and friendly.
      Well, regarding overwork, Rhonda, it's easy. Just pick up your brush from your hand, keep away from it, have a cuppa and just look at your work. I feel "overwork" is another name of "seeking perfection = very tough on yourself." So, please do relax and always tell yourself, "I made a great job. I have to celebrate it."
      Cheers, wink,wink, SuperSadami (hahahaha!!?)

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  2. Sadami, your life drawing is becoming more and more wonderful, I wish I had your quick touch...practice, practise.

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    1. Hi, Origame,
      Thank you very much. Regarding quick touch or drawing skills,
      bad news, quick touch requires lots of experiences, practices.
      good news, anyone can get it step by step, not over night.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. Great sketches, as always, Sadami! And great info! Enjoy dinner with your class!

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    1. Hi, Judy,
      Thank you! A member sent a menue. Great! I skipped lunch. Ready, bite!!?
      Cheers, Sadami

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  4. Sadami, eres extraordinaria consiguiendo esas expresiones en las figuras que haces. Eres una maestra! Te felicito!
    A mi me cuesta mucho dibujar figuras. Hice durante un tiempo desnudos para aprender, pero no es mi fuerte. En directo nada. Ha de ser de foto. En cambio tú los haces en directo y te quedan geniales.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Estimado Joshemari,
      ¡Gracias! Vi sus grandes Portaits en su blog. Brillinat! Usted mejorará más y más. Sin duda, tarde o temprano, te amo figuras en un futuro próximo. Vamos a tener diversión.
      Un cordial saludo, Sadami

      Dear Joshemari,
      Thank you! I saw your great portaits on your blog. Brillinat! You get better more and more. No doubt sooner or later, you'll master figures in the near future. Let us have fun.
      Kind regards, Sadami

      >>>Joshemari said...
      Sadami, you're getting those extraordinary expressions on the figures you do. You're a teacher! Congratulations!
      To me a hard time drawing figures. Nudity did for a while to learn, but it is not my forte. Live at all. It must be shot. Instead: make them live and you are great.
      A big hug.

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  5. Gran dominio de la técnica Sadami. ¡Tus retratos tienen vida!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Onera,
      ¡Gracias! Espero que mi trabajo va a mostrar la vida! Voy a mantener el ritmo.
      Un abrazo, Sadami

      Hi, Onera,
      Thank you!I hope my work will show life!! I'll keep up.
      A hug, Sadami

      >>>Onera said...
      Great mastery of technique Sadami.Your portraits have a life!
      A hug.

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  6. AMAZING sketches, Sadami! I can see that the model's eyes caught your heart in the first sketch....gorgeous sketch.!!! Enjoy the rest of the night..

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    1. Dear Hilda,
      Thank you! I like that model and will work on him more.
      BTW, a member sent a menue. Great! I skipped lunch. Ready, go, bite!!?
      Cheers, Sadami

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  7. I love all the sketches...but most especially the first one--you did paint that just exactly right--the upward gaze is just exceptional...everything in perfect perspective. I also appreciate your final painting of the University. So complex...but you can paint anything!

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    1. Oh, Celeste,
      You're always kind and ecnouraging! I know well you DRAW and PAINT anything and everything PASSIONATELY!! So, I admire your work and your wonderful personality. Please keep up!!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  8. Magnifico trabajo Sadami, me encantan los desnudos que pintas, un saludo!! :)

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  9. Hola, Mari,
    Muchas gracias! Vamos a divertirnos. Este sábado, vamos a disfrutar de todo lo que aquel día una larga vida útil. Yey!
    Saludos, Sadami

    Hi, Mari,
    Thank you very much! Let's have fun. This Saturday, we'll enjoy all day long life drawing. Yey!
    Cheers, Sadami

    >>>Mari said...
    Sadami great job, I love you paint nudes, greetings! :)

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  10. Fastasticos apuntes!, eres una maestra. Un abrazo.

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    1. Querida Tina,
      ¡Gracias! Tú también eres el maestro de la acuarela! Vamos a divertirnos.
      Saludos, Sadami

      Dear Tina,
      Thank you1 You, too, are the teacher of watercolour!! Let's have fun.
      Cheers, Sadami

      >>>Tina said...
      Fastasticos notes!, You are a teacher. A hug.

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  11. Superb paintings . Really extraordinary.
    Happy Painting.

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    1. Dear Nora,
      Thank you. Your work is so charming, beautiful and lively. You, too, Happy Painting!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  12. Love the expressive lines in your life drawing!! and you are a great teacher :)

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    1. Oh, Meera,
      Thank you. You're so nice. I know you're a hard worker and challenge many things. At the moment, your India journal is so lovely. Very colourful and so touchy. Thank you for sharing the deep thoughts and wonderful posts. Keep up!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  13. Wonderful lessons, Sadami! I'd so love to see you work!

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    1. Hi,Pam,
      Thank you! Come over Sydney! I'll show you my studio and take you to art society and other exhibitions.
      Cheers,wink,wink, Sadami

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  14. Estimada Sadami. Te felicito por tus excelentes acuarelas. Es muy interesante los consejos que das sobre los puntos a tener en cuenta al realizar un retrato. Muchas gracias y feliz semana¡
    Hasta pronto. Sonia.

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    1. Estimada Sonia,
      Gracias. Sí, retratos y figuras son mis temas más favoritos. Vamos a divertirnos en la pintura!
      Saludos, Sadami

      Dear Sonia,
      Thank you. Yes, portraits and figures are my most favorite subjects. Let's have fun in painting!!!
      Cheers, Sadami

      >>>Sonia said...
      Dear Sadami. Congratulations on your great watercolors. Interestingly the advice you give the points to consider when making a portrait. Thank you very much and happy week
      See you soon. Sonia.

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  15. Great face expressions Sadami, which also correlate very well with the body language. I love how you "pronounce" some parts of the portrait and omit others. This allows the viewer's eye travel the direction you want them to travel.
    Thank you,
    Irina
    P.S.
    I am seriously thinking to sketch on location these days (besides my usual Plein-air once a month); but to sketch in pencil will be a little boring. Can you please shoot me an e-mail to let me know what set of watercolors (box, bottles, brushes) you use when you go on a quick location sketch trips? or maybe you can take a pictures of your Artist's Toolbox and share on your blog?

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    1. Hi, Irina,
      All the info is already uploaded in the blog.
      Anyway, my hand-made paint kit is really tiny.
      http://sadamisgraffiti.blogspot.com.au/2010/02/love-and-watercolor.html
      Very limited palette. (I hardly use black for these 3 yrs. I've changed the colour use.) A bottle is the after-use of a small jam bin.
      Stout round brush. #12 for sketching. These days, I prefer 16 or 20 in a studio. Big and dymanic brush strokes are lovely.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  16. Je suis toujours en admiration devant "l'apparente simplicité " de tes croquis. Un vrai bonheur à regarder. Merci pour tes explications.
    J'aimerai un jour pouvoir suivre des cours de modèles vivants, mais pour l'instant je vais devoir me contenter d'aller sur la plage... Bonne semaine à toi.

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    1. Cher Lydie,
      Merci beaucoup! Oui, pour moi, le plus simple, mieux c'est. (Je suppose que je suis la personne très simple.) Ohhhh! Vous allez à la plage! Quelle merveille! S'il vous plaît avoir un temps merveilleux là-bas.
      Meilleures wihses, les Sadami

      Dear Lydie,
      Thank you very much! Yes, for me, the simpler, the better. (I assume I'm the very simple person.) Ohhhh! You'll go to the beach! How wonderful! Please have a wonderful time there.
      Best wihses, Sadami

      >>>Lydie said...
      I am always in awe of the "apparent simplicity" of your sketches. A joy to watch. Thank you for your explanations.
      I would love one day to attend classes with live models, but for now I'll have to settle for going to the beach ... Good week to you.

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  17. Hello Sadami:) Your sketches are outstanding! Love the way you simplyfied them! I do have a deep respect for the mail model. He's not the youngest anymore? Thank you for the tips you gave. Very interesting. Happy painting to you too:)

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    1. Hi, Renate,
      Thank you! You're a lovely lady -- a super carate user, a great dog trainer ... and so humble, humorous and very caring. Let us enjoy drawing and painting!!!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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  18. Wonderful sketches you had done a great job

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  19. sadamiさんへ

    ドローイングですが、人をスケッチしていると、だいたい上半身だけど、終わるケースがおおいので、上半身はうまいとおもっているのです(ジョウダンですが)。人は、どんどん動いているので、さーこれから、下半身にかかるぞーーってとこで、いなくなるケースが多いですね。ほんとちりも積もればですよね。
    今回完成の分だけではなくて、プロセスをみせていただけたのは、ありがたいですね。いつも、どうやって描くのかなーとおもっていましたから。いい色たくさんでてます。


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    1. Hi, Midori,
      Thank you very much. You, too, make beautiful colours!
      Have a look of my another post, (Monday, May 21, 2012) "Your Favorite Area=Self Relience." The first uploaded guy I started from the "toe." I start drawing a human body from anywhere that interests me. Actually, I've trained myself so = if your drawing skills / eye measuring are correct, a result will be correct. In addition, I have no experience to "measure" a subject (some people do it with a pencil etc). Find your own style and develop it fully.
      *A bit busy. Excuse me, not to put them into Japanese.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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