Monthly Archives: April 2017

A slightly bigger format

watercolour od nude woman in the works

Bit cramped, innit?


Just a bit. 50cm x 65cm (don’t know how much that is in old money) instead of 30cm x 40cm.

The bigger (if you pardon the pun) problem is that I did not take the necessary amount of attention when I bought it. It is good paper, no question but I oversaw the little note that said that it is pure cellulose paper not pure cotton as I am used to. The colours run different, if you know what I mean (probably not, if you do not do watercolours yourself, just say you need to get used to it).

But the first one is always for the bin, as the old saying goes 😉

And I really f’d up the hand, what the…? The foot, too, looks a bit, how shall I put it…curious. Oh, my…

Will add final picture when it is finished. If I don’t dump it in the aforementioned bin because it is a failure, I don’t know if I can repair it. Oh, and still no model release needed, build again out of several of my anatomy sketches together with a generic European face. Why European? I thought I start with motives that are a bit more familiar to me. The only differences are in the skin colour (which all get mixed from the very same three colours, btw!) which would be no problem but there are also slight differences in some facial features which I need to train first before I get public. Even though no actual women are depicted it is just a question of good manners to keep some standard.

OK, after ruining the shadow even, I gave up, here is the final picture.

watercolour female nude, lying, to the left

Well, one sheet wasted, nine to go

This is not a Ready-Made

(As if anybody would get that pun 😉 )

Ascending female nude

Ascending nude

There she goes. What is her destination, what her intend? Well, the bathroom is upstairs, so…

But lame jokes aside: no model release necessary, it is all “from imagination” as Leonardo Pereznieto would say, some lessons in “Human Anatomy for Artists 101” (although I seem to have missed the part about how to make human hair look natural), and some vague memories.

Mmh…too much cadmium red for the labia minora?