Friday, May 25, 2012

Figures in Color

Figure in watercolor on Yupo by Meera Rao

Figure in watercolor on YUPO by Meera Rao

For almost three weeks now I have been practicing drawing the human figure.  Painting on Yupo was perfect for practicing with watercolors since I could easily rectify any mistakes by wiping off! I drew with watercolor pencils for the top one and graphite pencil for the bottom one before picking up transparent watercolors and had fun with it. It has been very exciting and challenging.  

Last year I volunteered to be a model for a portrait painting demo at our watercolor society meeting.  The one thing I noticed was that the artist constantly looked at me --as much or more than looking down at the paper.  Her rapid fire glances, constant measuring and checking the angles was my takeaway from the session --since I couldn't see what she was drawing only how she was looking at the model! 

I came across this quote by Leonardo da Vinci : "Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works."  So off to more practice :) 

14 comments:

padmaja said...

My goodness, how did you contain the color so well on yupo! The figures are beautiful and what a wise quote added in the end!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Belo trabalho...Espectacular....

Cumprimentos

Kathy Staicer said...

Wow your figures in color! They look great.

Edgeworth Johnstone said...

beautiful figure paintings, how such different colours work together.

Crystal Cook said...

Holy smokes Meera is this fabulous or what? Seriously this is so beautiful, I absolutely love it. :)

Meera Rao said...

Thank you very much Padmaja :) Yes, I too love that quote and I more and more really like working on Yupo :)

Meera Rao said...

obrigado! Eu realmente aprecio os seus comentários!

Meera Rao said...

Kathy, Thank you! I was tickled by how they turned out :)

Meera Rao said...

Thank you :) I have been reading about color theory and was happy with the colors and how they worked together.

Meera Rao said...

Crystal - you made my day :) these exercises and experiments have been really a lot of fun for me!

Irina said...

I like the choice of colors so much! This post is so deep and so beautiful. Very interesting observation about drawing process, great quote.

Meera Rao said...

Thank you so very much, Irina. I am pretty lucky to have appreciative art friends like you !

Jane said...

Great movements of the body, and great and original coloring. I hear a lot about YUPO on the various blogs , but I don't think we can get it here, does sound interesting, though .

Meera Rao said...

Jane, thank you bunches! YUPO is a synthetic paper and it feels like painting on smooth gessoed paper. Hope you get to try it one of these days :)

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