I have been wanting to draw a figure wearing traditional Indian dress, here it is a sari, for a long time. I came upon the reference image for this drawing from a blog on vintage Indian photos a few years back. Since I wasn’t doing much figure drawing then and lacked confidence, I filed it away in my folder. Now that I am doing the figure studies, I finally got the courage to do this drawing. I am so glad I am able to finish it. This was an excellent exercise on fabric folds and draping. Reading Barbara Bradley’s book gave me the extra nudge and inspiration to attempt this.
11 by 14 inches on Strathmore Bristol Smooth
It seems there are 108 ways to drape a sari and this particular style is called nuvari and is usually worn by women in Maharashtra, a state east of India.
Magnolia is done under the direction of watercolor artist, Jacqueline Gnott through her membership based learning forum, For the Love of Watercolor. The video for this particular painting demonstrates on how to blend smoothly and how to achieve a rich, dark background and how to paint white flowers. A great learning experience.
8 3⁄8 by 9 1⁄8 inches on 300 lbs. Kilimanjaro watercolor paper
Reference photo by Jacqueline Gnott
I painted this using the rivulet technique that I mentioned in the earlier post. I did not do too much lifting out here since the sculpture was backlit. You can learn more about Susan Avis Murphy’s rivulet technique here.
11 by 14 inches on 300 lbs. Kilimanjaro watercolor paper
Reference photo by Suzanne Wallick
Another drawing as a part of my ongoing series on Figure Study.
In graphite on a 11 by 14 inches Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.
I drew this with white charcoal on a steel gray Canson Ca’grain paper. The white can be used on the highlights and lighter passages of the figure. The face has no resemblance with the model in the reference photo. The scale of the face was small that I found it difficult to measure the facial features from the reference photo. Since this is a study, I am not too concerned.
In white charcoal and pencil on a 11 by 14 inches Canson Ca’grain paper.
Completed under the direction of the watercolor artist, Jacqueline Gnott.
In watercolors on a 9 by 12 inches 300-lbs. Kilimanjaro watercolor paper.
I did this painting under the direction of the watercolor artist, Susan Avis Murphy, on her rivulet technique as explained in her blog. She has explained this technique in great details and has a couple of youtube videos demonstrating the technique here. There is a lot of scrubbing involved to lift the paint to get the lighter shade. I find that Loew-Cornell’s La Corneille flat brushes are the best in scrubbing out the paint. Their bristles are gentle enough that they don’t damage the paper surface. The glazes must be applied gently so as not to disturb the bottom paint layers. I have cross-posted this painting in my blogger account.
11 by 14 inches on 140-lbs cold-pressed Kilimanjaro watercolor paper
Reference photo: Steve Lyddon from PMP