Paul Missal did a portrait demo for members in acrylic about four years ago. This demo was a pencil sketching technique he has used in the past to lay down the architecture, as he puts it, of the figure quickly as a mass or core of dense lines.
While drawing the model he plots reference points and measures for anatomical landmarks. He holds at least two pencils in each hand, sharpened on both ends. An assorted collection of hard and soft leads influences the types of marks on the paper; fat or lean, light or dark in value.
Continue building in more variety of lines, correcting for proportion and considering the model in her environment......
The drawing of the model fits on the entire paper without cutting off feet, hands or head.
Lines for texture and value can be seen in background. Appear loose and scribbled.
A pink pearl eraser is the artists choice for working back over the surface to create a 'new kind of line' to the drawing.
The detail above shows how running the eraser over the form softens form and brings back light areas.Notice he still is drawing with two softer leads. Paul mentions when he seeks out the exterior edge, he draws a 'felted contour', a sensitive line that has contrast and life just as the edge of the person in the chair.
Below, the completed drawing is just about to come to a close and finally the signature! This was an amazing process. Thank you Paul.
The OSA General Business Meeting for March 18th, 2010 was called to order by President Donna Lind as she led members in the Pledge of Allegiance. A list of New and Active Juried members was read for the approval of the membership. By unanimous vote all were approved as new and active members. The minutes of the last meeting were not available. The treasures report was not read. The names of the members will be listed in the next month's (April) Brushmarks Newsletter. There was no new business at this time. The meeting was adjourned. The next general meeting for the OSA membership will be the third Thursday evening in April,2010.