I’ve painted this before, the first version was smaller and had some sailing boats for a centre of interest. I left out the boats this time, I’m happy I dared to let the composition work without eye-magnets such as people or boats. Saying that, I think the end result is a too flat and therefore lifeless, I will not go down this path again, consciously at least.
I thought Paul here had good advice to offer on becoming a successful artist. I’m just starting out, having just become a half-time employee and therefore halving my income. I need a certain level of success if I want to afford visiting my son in Tokyo etc. This is why I found this video interesting, he has the experience that I have to gain, the quicker I learn the better.
I’ve admired David’s portrait skills for a number of years now. I watched this video when I was having breakfast this morning. It wasn’t the first time I watched it, some films can be watched over and over again.
I’m feeling tired tonight, just thought I’d publish these and then go to bed. I’m drawing with an extended pencil at the moment, it means I don’t have full control which helps me not to be so focused on just one point. I’m looking from a distance and my figure drawing is improving I think.