This is Clyde - an actor in a local movie about the famous Bonnie and Clyde. I am using his photo I made at the Selma Pilgrimage a few years ago in our class on figures.
Clyde will make a good subject so that we can learn to build the form - from the ground up, so to speak.
Here is how it went together:
the reference pic:
Determining where the sun strikes across his body seems important, as well as the cut of the coat as he raises his arm to tip the hat.
Watch later as I change the angles of the legs to go under the body.
The body is built starting at the feet, determining where the angles of arms and legs fall in relation to the head angle. That gets refined with every brushstroke.
Tomorrow in class we'll see if I can rebuild him. I have the advantage of painting this once and the students will be painting this without the familiarity I have.
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