Figure Drawing 017

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©2015 Dave Casey – After Quang Ho
Price – $NFS
12×9″ – charcoal on paper
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Another evening, another figure sketch.  This one done from a Quang Ho painting.  In the olden days, artists used to learn from copying the works of the masters.  In my opinion, Quang Ho is a modern day master and you can’t find much better to copy.  That’s why I own all of his DVDs.

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Figure Series 001

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©2015 Dave Casey
6×8″ – Oil on canvas panel
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I am going to be putting a little time into some figure paintings because that is where I think my skills need a little work. I’ve found that one of the things that kills a painting for me is trying to finish it in just an hour or two. I marvel at those artist that can turn out a gallery ready painting that fast, but I’m not one of them. At least, not yet.

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Avian Series – Cardinal 003

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©2015 Dave Casey
6×8″ – Oil on canvas panel
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Who doesn’t love a bright red bird?  Especially a bird that sticks around during the winter, in the snow and thinks all the other birds that fly south are a bunch of wusses.  Him and his buddy, the bluejay, see snow falling that know that all the feeders left out are theirs for the taking.

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Kitchen Painting – Plum 005

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©2015 Dave Casey
6×6″ – oil on wood panel
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Just a quick one today. It might be the last Kitchen Painting for a little while as I am out of 6×6″ Gessobord panels. I have way too many other panels to use up right now, so I won’t be buying anymore 6×6″ for awhile. I’m also delving into bigger paintings, such as the 18×24″ on my easel downstairs right now. I also have three 24×36″ deep profile canvases sitting in a closet that could use some lovin’.

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Seen Better Days 001a

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©2015 Dave Casey
5×7″ – oil on canvas panel
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This was a revisited painting I did back in January for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I knew there had to be some things I could do to this painting to make it more to my liking.  And I was right.  The original just didn’t show the age of the barn the way I wanted it to, so I spent a couple of hours today on the painting and I am quite a bit more satisfied with the results.

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Morning on the Marsh 001a

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©2015 Dave Casey
6×8″ – oil on canvas panel

This is the kind of morning I believe a lot of us could find inspiration for painting.  How could you not love those colors?  Well, unless you’re a sailor.  “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.”  But, I’m not going out on a boat anytime soon, so I don’t need to worry about approaching storms.  I just have to worry about whether I packed enough cad red medium in the pochade box.

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Just one of those days …

SJ03I’m tellin’ ya, there are times when I just want to pull my hair out.  A few days ago I started a new challenge for myself.  My drawing skills when it comes to drawing faces leaves a lot to be desired, so I’ve embarked on a 30 day challenge to sketch at least two faces a day.  I figure by the end of the 30 days I will be have improved quite a bit.

Anyway, this is the fifth drawing and I am still having the same problem every single time.  The eyes are always too high on the head.  Even when I know that I am trying to overcome this mistake, it still happens.  I know this is a mistake that most beginners make, as well as, most kids if you ask them to draw a person’s face.  But, I’ve been doing this long enough you would think I would get past it.

I’m probably going to have to use a strict measuring and grid system to beat this thing.  I know how to draw the egg shape, draw a line across at the halfway point and this becomes your eyebrow line.  I know how to draw another line halfway between the brow line and the bottom of the egg and that becomes the bottom of the nose and another line halfway between that line and the bottom of the egg and that becomes the bottom of the bottom lip.

I know all that.  But, I just can’t seem to get past it when it comes to putting pencil to paper.

These two photos are of the fifth drawing in my challenge.  The one on the left is how the drawing really looks and the one on the right is how it looks after I ran it through a graphics program and moved the eyes down.  I moved those eyes down a little more than half the height of the eyes and I think a case could be made to lower them just a touch more.

Okay, so much for the rant.  I’m hungry, maybe that’s the problem.